New day, new tone deaf comment from an unexpected source. A tweet posted by the Argentine government’s human rights Twitter account has sparked anger and disbelief among other users:
— Secretaría DDHH (@SDHArgentina) March 26, 2018
The tweet in question, which translates as “Whatever your orientation, we’re all part of sexual diversity, #MakingVisible,” is followed by a photo containing a slogan which reads “Heterosexuality is part of sexual diversity.” The tweet has received backlash across Twitter, with users both laughing and feeling infuriated simultaneously, and was even covered by international media like the BBC.
Of course, many Twitter users were quick to point out the obvious: Generally, heterosexuals are not the majority that are discriminated against, and campaigns of this manner tend to focus on marginalized or minority groups, since that’s where awareness and acceptance are most needed.
Nunca me discriminaron por heterosexual y como tal estoy bastante visibilizada… Mejor encarguense de visibilizar a las personas Lgbt que tanto lo necesitan y tan oprimidos están. ?
— bebé pelada (@agostinaaznar) March 26, 2018
One user was quick to comment: “I’ve never been discriminated against for being heterosexual and as such I’m already quite visible… Why don’t you focus on giving more visibility to LGBT people, who are oppressed and in more need of such a campaign?”
Porque es una campaña de visibilidar…. La heterosexualidad no necesita ser visibilizada, porque es norma. Sin embargo otras sexualidades si lo necesitan, porque se las toma como taboo cuando son una realidad bastante común
— Idol of Roses ? (@IdolOfRoses) March 26, 2018
Another user also argued that there’s no need to raise awareness for heterosexuality. “Because this is a visibility campaign… Heterosexuality doesn’t need to increase its visibility because it’s the norm. However, other sexual orientations do need it, because they’re seen as a taboo, while they’re a rather common reality.”
Many users speculated that the government’s human rights Twitter account had been hacked, but almost a day later the tweet has not been removed, indicating it was in fact posted on purpose. Plenty of eye rolling GIFs have followed.
— Ax (@axelgxmxnxz) March 26, 2018
Although Argentina was the first Latin American country to legalize same sex marriage back in 2010, there is still a long way to go in terms of including the LGBTQ community and changing social stigmas. In recent years, many LGBTQ activists have been killed, along with many members of the LGBTQ community facing violence and verbal abuse.
Under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration, people were granted the legal right to change their legal gender status without having to undergo reassignment surgery. After this legislation was passed in 2012, citizens have been disappointed with the little progress that has been made since Macri’s administration took over in 2015. The government has been openly criticized for their attitudes toward LGBTQ rights, asking for more to be done to support members of the LGBTQ community.