“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.
Tehuel de la Torre, un joven trans de 22 años, salió el 11 de marzo de su casa ubicada en la localidad de San Vicente, en la provincia de Buenos Aires, para ir a buscar trabajo.
Desde entonces, no se sabe nada de él.
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.”
La bandera LGBTI+ flamea en todo el país con grandes motivos de celebración.
Después de tanto, vuelve a las calles un colectivo que tiene nuestro compromiso con seguir trabajando por una sociedad más justa, libre e igualitaria.🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
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.