Argentine gay pride parade celebrates 500 same-sex marriages, goes for transgender rights

Published: November 7, 2010

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Thousands marched in Argentina’s Gay Pride parade on Saturday, celebrating the country’s status as the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage and vowing to campaign for new rights for transgender people.

More than 500 same-sex couples have been married since President Cristina Fernandez signed the law on July 21, said Esteban Paulo, President of the Argentine Lesbians, Gay, Bi, and Transgender Federation.

The gay marriage law has been a boon for tourism, said Pablo De Luca, founder of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Buenos Aires. He estimates that 100,000 more gays and lesbians have visited Argentina as a result of the law.

"It’s the same kind of increase that happened in South Africa, Canada, and Madrid after they legalized gay marriage," De Luca said. "We want to travel to a country where we don’t feel like we have to hide our sexuality."

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