BUENOS AIRES – Argentina on Tuesday commemorated the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with activities all around the country and a demand for the prompt approval of a new antidiscrimination law, LGTB rights defense organizations said.
The activities included the showing of films, discussion panels on the social situation in local communities, open or call-in radio programs and artistic exhibits.
Established in 2004, the special day seeks to raise global awareness of the discrimination suffered by many on the basis of sexual orientation, and it is celebrated on the date in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
The Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals, or FALGBT, said in a statement that it had presented bills to get the Argentine Congress to officially recognize the date and it was hoping that would occur before the end of this year
It also called for the “prompt approval” of its antidiscrimination bill, “which not only includes sexual diversity and other groups vulnerable to discrimination that are not included in the current law, but also public policy proposals ... that contribute to preventing and eradicating discrimination.”
“We’re celebrating this day because it allows us to discuss, reflect, promote and take action with activities (in) our LGBT community,” said FALGBT president Marcela Romero in the statement.
FALGBT vice president Esteban Paulon said that “Transexuality, although it’s included in this commemoration, still remains in the manuals of psychiatric diseases.”
And FALGBT secretary Maria Rachiz said that “this is an ideal date to continue discussing proposals and fighting to end violence in general, and institutional violence, in particular, towards our LGBT community.”