Argentina: The Trans-Friendliest Place On Earth

Casa-rosadaLast Wednesday, the Argentinian senate voted 55-0 in favor of a law which allows individuals to change their legal gender simply because they want to. Again, that’s 55-0 for. No dissent. This makes Argentina the most trans-friendly country in the world.

From the AP:

In the United States and Europe, transgender people must submit to physical and mental health exams and get past a series of other hurdles before getting sex-change treatments.

Argentina’s law … is the first to give citizens the right to change their legal gender without first changing their bodies, said Justus Eisfeld, co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality in New York.

“The fact that there are no medical requirements at all — no surgery, no hormone treatment and no diagnosis — is a real game changer and completely unique in the world. It is light years ahead of the vast majority of countries, including the U.S., and significantly ahead of even the most advanced countries,” said Eisfeld, who researched the laws of the 47 countries for the Council of Europe’s human rights commission.

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage two years ago, and predictably the still-large Catholic Church in Argentina is unhappy with the country’s liberal drift. From the AP:

“The Argentine lawmakers are introducing profound changes in society that don’t respond to any social demand and without taking into account the real consequences,” Nicolas Lafferriere, who directs the church-sponsored Center for Bioethics, Personhood and Family, complained Thursday in “Religious Values,” an online publication sponsored by the archbishop of Buenos Aires.

We have found ourselves faced with the most permissive law in the world in this area. Now, to change all the civil registries you don’t need any more justification than a personal desire, based on someone’s self-perception. It won’t be easy to predict the consequences.” Lafferriere warned.


… fewer and fewer Argentines regularly attend Mass, and priests and bishops don’t have the same power of the pulpit anymore … The Catholic hierarchy also has been inexorably linked with the military junta that killed as many as 30,000 people during the dictatorship. Both enforced conservative social values at the time.

… which has had a predictably withering effect on the Church’s political power. That number again: 55-0.


  1. Steve says

    The fact that the Catholic Church has supported just about every dictatorship it could in South America is indeed one big reason for its loss of political influence. The same is true for Spain, where the church and the Franco regime propped each other up.

    The US never had that experience so people still think a theocracy is a good idea

  2. ArgentineOldie says

    All in all, time will tell if such a boundless law will result more good than bad. Always be suspicious of anything that shuns the academic, scientific knowledge of professionals. They did it this way because as the country is ridden with corruption, they feared that tainted professionals and bureaucrats would mess with the process for those looking to have their social gender recognized and medical procedures done, not because it was the ideal or the best way to go. The country’s national brand is being sloppy, so don’t cheer it up before knowing in depth where this comes from and why.

  3. dave says

    Never been there, but my friends who have tell me that streets are full of men in drag working as prostitutes. So I’m not surprised, since I already heard it is the most pro-tranny country in the world and that all straight men in Argentina cheat on there wives with men dressed as women. Add the fact they are in an economic depression and racist to the core against anglo-saxons, I think they are a doomed nation.

  4. Pedro says

    Wow, you’ve never been there DAVE, but you know all this about Argentina…Well, my mother was born there and I have spent a lot of time there and I can tell you that your ideas about Argentina are laughable. Argentina is a majority caucasian country made up mostly of immigrants from Spain, Italy and Germany…I have never heard about this anglo-saxon hatred of which you speak. I have heard about Argentinians being racist towards mestizos from other South American countries, but I have never seen it first hand. As a half Mexican, I can say that I have never felt any kind of prejudice in Argentina, and that’s all I can go on. Please get a clue.

  5. ArgentineOldie says

    Someone got his facts wrong. She-males, ladyboys or –as they are locally know- travestis (usually with several male to female surgeries except for the genitals, so usually they are not “males in drag”) are very known for working as prostitutes, but that doesn’t mean that all married men look for them, though the relaxed attitude towards sex makes it easier than, say, those Americans who are always traumatized-by-religion. And yes, usually travesti’s male genitalia is part of their “asset” in their services, performing as the “top”, for those who look for them. That’s why post op trans practically don’t have a market as prostitutes. By the way, prostitution is not illegal in Argentina, but pimping is. The people in general is not Anglophobic, in fact you can read more anti white dirt all along the American media than locally, so racism isn’t the word. You could find the popular anti American rhetoric from people who don’t know better, but where in the whole world you don’t have that? I mean, come on… The country is spoiled, but as manure comes in so many flavors, is better to be accurate as to not confuse what crap belongs to whom.

  6. George F says

    I have been to Argentina: and only remember seeing one drag queen-at a gay disco…
    Never saw the streets full of them…
    It is a gigantic and very varied country…worth a visit not only to Buenos Aires but also to La Patagonia…


  7. says

    Most trans people aren’t prostitutes, and this law doesn’t really do much about prostitution one way or another, so why is the discussion happening there? It’d be like a law against racism passing and everyone in the comments talking about crack babies – you can see more about the people discussing than the people being discussed.

    Also, Argentina’s anglophobic? Um, no. And Argentina’s in a depression? They had over 7% GDP growth in 9 of the last 10 years (the other year was 2009, with smaller, still positive growth). If only we could have depressions that prosperous!

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