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Buenos Aires Activists And Legislators Push For Trans Rights In The Workplace

By | [email protected] | September 20, 2016 6:34pm

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A group of City lawmaker and trans activists are putting pressure on the Buenos Aires City legislature to pass a law promoting public sector employment of members of the trans community.

Organizations are meeting at 7 PM tonight in the San Martín room inside the Legislature Building thanks to an initiative by City legislator Gabriel Fuks, in a bid to add urgency to a measure that would force the City government to employ at least one percent of its staff from among the trans community.

A similar law was formally approved in Buenos Aires province more than a year ago, and was widely praised by the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee’s fifth periodic report on the state of human rights in Argentina. But as of last week it had still not resulted in the employment of a single trans person by the province, according to La Nación.

The movement for trans employment rights is gaining traction as a way to give members of the community viable alternatives to sex work, which is often the only option for the community that suffers discrimination. Almost 90 percent of members of the trans community have not finished school, activist Florencia Guimaraes told La Nación.

According to the Association for the Fight for Trans and Transsexual Identity (ALITT), the average life expectancy of a trans person in Argentina is just 35 years, compared to almost 78 years for the non-trans population in Argentina.