The first national march condemning hate crimes against the trans community was held last night in Buenos Aires.
Organised by the Anti-discrimination Freedom Movement (M.A.L), the protest began at Plaza de Mayo at 6pm before moving to the National Congress. The march was held to demand justice for Diana Sacayán, the trans activist murdered last year, and to call for an end to discrimination and violence towards the trans community.
Though there have been important advances in LGBT rights in recent years in Argentina, the trans community continues to suffer widespread discrimination, violence, and restricted access to basic health and education.
As a result, the average life expectancy of a trans person is estimated an only around half the national average.
In May, LGBT groups and the city of Buenos Aires launched an observatory to better monitor hate crimes after an alarming increase in violence towards transgender people.
Once last night’s march reached Congress, the names of the victims of transphobic hate crimes in 2016 were read out amid demands for justice.
The date of the march, 28th June, was chosen to coincide with commemorations of the Stonewall Riots in the US, considered a turning point for LGBT rights.