I have loved the photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti from a young age; her poignant renditions of newborn and deceased animals on faraway farms broke my heart, translating something ineffable about growth and mortality. Arguably her most renowned series consists of her portraits of two Argentine girls living in rural Buenos Aires, a project which she stumbled into when they kept interrupting her photographic work on a friend’s farm. Read More
Lulu's proud mom
Lulu has openly identified as female since the age of four, and now at six, she has her paperwork in her corner. Her native Argentina passed a law last year allowing legal documents to reflect preferred gender pronouns without doctor and judge approval, and she is the first Argentinian minor to have changed her legal gender identity from "male" to “female.”
Her birth certificate bears the name “Luana” because she has gone by Lulu ever since she was capable of expressing her identification with the name. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.
After writing a letter to Pope Francis, 44-year-old Alejandra Pereya got a call from the Pope himself last Sunday afternoon. The letter that she sent to him earlier this month contained her story: she was raped, and her family was harassed by the local police. In the midst of being raped, Pereya wrote to the Pope that the police officer also pointed a pistol at her head. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Jul 05, 2012
Once an oppressive dictatorship, Argentina has recently made a giant leap forward for transsexual rights. Now, trans men and women in Argentina are able to obtain National Identity Cards that correspond to their gender identity –sans emotionally jarring and invasive court and medical procedures.
In an uplifting ceremony on Monday, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez celebrated the law by handing out new identity cards to several trans people. Read More
BY Intern Ginny
on May 25, 2012
After reading every day about more backwards policies being advocated across the U.S., it’s easy to forget that progressive and liberal agendas sometimes succeed, too (just not here, lately). Earlier this month, Argentina passed a thoroughly modern law that changes many of the restrictions transgender individuals previously faced. Now, individuals can apply to change their gender on official government documents (namely IDs) without first undergoing a medical diagnosis. Furthermore, doctors must now provide free hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery to individuals who want it. Read More