Trans-rights in Argentina

An insightful article on laws for transfolk in Argentina in the NYT. Buenos Aires is my first stop on my Watson project and I’m eager to learn about the various activities surrounding trans-rights:

“The move comes two years after Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. It is the latest in a spate of liberal rulings on civil rights issues, including a law that decriminalizes abortion in rape cases and gives the terminally ill the right to die.

The measure, which was first introduced in 2007 by Silvia Augsburger, a deputy in Argentina’s lower chamber, defines gender identity as “the inner and individual gender experience as each person feels it.” President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is expected to sign it into law this month.

Leaders of Argentina’s transgender community consider the identity law an important step toward self-determination.”

Read more here


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. I am sooooooo happy to find someone else on the web who’s interested in the trans movement in Argentina! I’ve been there 3 times in the last 3 years and follow the news there closely, and I’m fascinated by the way the laws have changed rapidly in a way they aren’t in the US (because we have to go state by state) and the way the government is using media to support trans rights. Your Watson year looks absolutely fantastic!

    On the other hand, I never feel very comfortable being an out queer in Argentina, although I’m probably read as a middle-aged lesbian. The only place I’ve felt entirely myself is at the anarchist book fair.

    Here’s my blog if you have any time to check it out:

    • Definitely! I didn’t get to do as much research as I wanted on the trans movement since I was only there for 3 weeks but I’ll definitely be following it.

      Why didn’t you feel comfortable being an out queer? Was it because the word ‘queer’ has a lot of tension in South America?

      I’ll check out your blog, thanks for your thoughtful responses and for following 🙂

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