DON’T CRY FOR ARGENTINA,THEY’RE GETTING IT RIGHT

From THE BOSTON GLOBE:

Activists say Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights after giving people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. The gender identity law that won congressional approval with a 55-0 Senate vote Wednesday night is the latest in a growing list of bold moves on social issues by the Argentine government, which also legalised gay marriage two years ago. These changes primarily affect minority groups, but they are fundamental, President Cristina Fernandez has said, for a democratic society still shaking off the human rights violations of the 1976-1983 dictatorship and the paternalism of the Roman Catholic Church. Argentina's law is the first to give citizens the right to change their legal gender without first changing their bodies.

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DON’T CRY FOR ARGENTINA,THEY’RE GETTING IT RIGHT — 2 Comments

  1. Nothing has changed; if you had asked for a referendum on divorce 70 years ago, most people would have voted for it but their “betters” were Jesuits and other clergy who “knew what was best for the people” and “rejected ‘populist’ voices”.
    Now the Jesuits are ex-Jesuits but they still “know what’s best for the people” and “reject populist voices”. Had you had a referendum, certainly one outside the upscale parts of Buenos Aires, you’d had gotten a very different result.
    All that’s changed is the titles; Latin America’s elites are still paternalist.