Argentina is a veritable pioneer for LGBTQIA+ rights, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010 and, more recently, passing gender identity laws in 2012 that allow citizens to change their gender without barriers of surgery or hormone therapy. Buenos Aires has thus become a leading global destination for LGBTQI+ tourism, which makes Gay Pride a top cultural priority for the city in November.
Buenos Aires’ Gay Pride Parade is a huge, rainbow-colored street party that celebrates diversity and human rights on November 17th, but this upcoming week (Saturday, October 27 – Saturday, November 3) the City Government has organized a variety of activities to promote sensitivity and pride of the LGBTQIA+ Collective.
This whole week, BA will be full of rainbow flags and there will be music concerts and exhibitions filling the streets promoting pride. The city is hosting many activities ranging from concerts, plays, film cycles, exhibitions, and sexual health education with HIV testing and workshops.
Saturday, October 27
To jump-start this week into all things bright and beautiful, there will be a recital on the Patio de los Lecheros from bands that aim to fight for a more inclusive society; headliners will be Benito Cerati from gender-fluid rock group Zero Kill, as well as Potra, Lucila Torres, and Carlos Casella. This is definitely not to be missed, as it looks to be lively enough to last the whole week.
Donato Álvarez 175, Caballito | Saturday 10/27 | 6.30 PM – Late | More information.
Sunday, October 28
There is also a cycle of short films on Sunday at the Auditorio de la Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC). The films are under the title of The Deconstruction of Stereotypes and Gender and will be commenting on various problems of diversity in society. After the projections, a debate will be held by the Asociación de Familias Diversas Argentinas (AFDA). Not only is this artistic expression of the community a good way to relax and enjoy your Sunday evening, but it is also extremely thought-provoking.
Auditorio de la Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica | Moreno 1199 | Sunday 10/28 | 3.30 PM | More Information
Monday, October 29
The FALGBT are organizing a Spanish class session for all refugees who come under the LGBTQI+ bracket, to help use language as a tool of inclusion into Argentine society.
FALGBT | Av. de Mayo 881 | Monday 10/29 | 6 PM | More Information
Tuesday, October 30
Trans Composer and pianist Calenna Garbä, is recognized not only for her incredible talent as a musician but also for her involvement with various NGO’s that supportLGBTQI+ rights. This is really a fantastic opportunity to see the winner of the “Estrella de Mar” 2017 music prize performing live at the Teatro San Martín.
Thursday, November 1
Theater company Teatro Diverso are presenting a piece by Jean Genet (1910-86) entitled: “Las Criadas, quererse en la esclavitud no es quererse” (1947), (“The Maids, to love oneself in slavery is not to be loved”) which was Genet’s first and most successful piece and marked his journey into the theatre of the absurd. Teatro Diverso uses this play to make a dent on binarism imposed by the heterosexual norm of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ and construct other identities, breaking down the concept of gender.
Sala Muiño Centro Cultural General San Martín | Sarmiento 1551 | Thursday 11/1 | 8 PM | More Information
Friday, November 2
The second theater piece recommended at Sala Muiño is Nelly Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Lanús,” performed by Cooperativa Arte Trans. This work was written in 1986 and its title references the barrio in Buenos Aires where there was strong military repression in the 70’s. This a psychological and intense play which addresses issues of gender, sexuality, and Argentina’s deeply divided history.
Sala Muiño Centro Cultural General San Martín | Sarmiento 1551 | Friday 11/2 | 8 PM | More Information
Saturday, November 3
To finish off the week’s festivities with a bang, there will be an open-air festival between Gurruchaga and Costa Rica from 2 PM to 11 PM, with DJs, theater pieces, transformation art, body painting, food stalls, and parades. It’s going to be a wild one!
Gurruchaga & Costa Rica | 2 PM – 11 PM | Saturday 11/3 | To read the full list of the activities you can check the programme.