Tiziana ecstatically shows her corrected ID denoting her as the youngest officially recognized trans person in the province of Salta, Argentina.
“Quiero ser una niña”. Cuando Tiziana tenía 8 años, se animó a contarle a sus padres cómo se sentía.
Hoy ella es libre de ser quien es.
“I want to be a girl.” When Tiziana was 8 years old she took courage and told her parents how she felt. Today she is free to be who she is.
Despite having the support of her father and mother, Tiziana has found little acceptance from the rest of her family and she has been bullied at school. According to Andalusian Transsexuals Association – Sylvia Rivera, Tiziana ignores this because as she says ‘to be gay, lesbian or trans is very normal and makes her feel free’.
An AJ+ Español video of Tiziana had over a million views after a few weeks helping to celebrate this darling of the internet.
According to TDoR.Translivesmatter.info Argentina a country of 44 million, mourned 11 trans murders and suicides during the 2018 TDoR. This happened despite it being the first country to legislate transgender self-identification,. Overall LGBTQ Argentines continue to suffer social stigma and discrimination.
An excerpt from “Transgender Rights in Argentina: A Story of Progress, Turbulence, and Contradictions” written by Allie Pitchon which first appeared in The Bubble:
Argentina passed its Gender Identity Law in 2012 under then-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner— known in Spanish as La Ley de Identidad de Género—which ensures that all people in Argentina have the right to the recognition of their chosen gender identity. Under the law, transgender people in Argentina are able to identify with their chosen gender on official documents without first having to receive hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery, or encounter barriers such as psychiatric counseling. The law also ensured that both public and private medical facilities must provide gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy to all those who seek it. Furthermore, in November 2016, the World Health Organization lauded Argentina as taking key, exceptional steps toward ensuring transgender equality within the country.
However, despite these gains, the disparity between transgender rights on paper and reality is still stark. Across the country, transgender people face immense socio-cultural stigma and prejudice, which translates into economic and political discrimination, as well as physical violence. In spite of laws passed to prevent employment discrimination, just under ninety percent of trans women in Argentina have never been able to attain a formal job. Meanwhile, according to ATTTA, Argentina’s Association for Travesti, Transexual, and Transgender rights, transgender Argentines continue to experience hate crimes, as well as physical and sexual assault, at alarming rates. Since the start of 2018 alone, twenty transgender people have been killed because of their gender identity, and gender-based violence is still on the rise. Frequent exclusion of transgender people from the healthcare