Argentina Pride march hails progress, calls for more LGBTIQ+ rights laws

“We ask for the law as historical reparation. We have elderly women who have been persecuted. They have not been able to study or access health care,” Mary Robles, 60, a leader of the Association of Transsexual and Transgender Transvestites of Argentina (ATTTA), told AFP.

“They are 30 years of struggles, resistance, achievements such as the equal marriage law and gender identity law,” said Marcela Romero, another ATTTA leader.

People at the march also carried signs that read “Missing Teruel,” referring to Tehuel de la Torre, a 22-year-old trans man who disappeared in March when he left home for a job interview.

Marchers demanded more information on his whereabouts.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez also took part in the march, writing on Twitter, “The LGBTI+ flag flies all over the country with great reasons to celebrate. A collective that has our commitment to continue working for a more just, free and equal society.”

His government also set up a truck from the health ministry to give out COVID-19 vaccines to marchers. Argentina has recorded 5.2 million cases of the coronavirus with more than 116,000 deaths.

Of its 45 million people, 35 million have received at least one vaccine, and 26 million are fully vaccinated.

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