Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade is a huge rolling street party that takes place every November right downtown on Avenida de Mayo.
Argentines have a lot to celebrate as the country with the most progressive LGBTQ+ laws in the world.
The Buenos Aires’ Gay Pride parade is the largest rainbow-colored street party of the year. The parade takes place every year on the first or second Saturday in November.
The party begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Plaza de Mayo with music, dancing and plenty of photos ops for the city’s popular gay figures and most outrageous transvestites.
Gay Pride Buenos Aires Through the Years
Due to a conflict with city officials, 2014 almost became the first year the party would not take place.
It did prevail and has grown ever since, although some locals object that the Pride March has increasingly become compartmentalized by political groups, including issues and groups that have little to do with Gay Pride.
“In the first year 17 people participated in the parade, in the second year there were 50 and in the third year we had 300,” says Rodolfo Peralta, representative of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans (Federación Argentina de Lesbianas Gays Bisexuales y Trans).
Celebrating Argentina’s Legalization of Gay Marriage
In the last decade the Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade has grown to massive proportions. Starting in 2009, the parade attendance jumped, drawing an estimated 40,000-50,000 participants.
In 2010, the first year revelers were able to celebrate Argentina’s legalization of gay marriage the crowd was even bigger.
“We’re a lot of people. We have a lot to celebrate this year — not the least of which is the legalization of gay marriage,” said Peralta at the time.
Now Buenos Aires’ gay pride party draws an international crowd upward of 100,000 people every year.
Among the groups that participate are the Argentine Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals, the ‘Peronist Fags’(Putos Peronistas), The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Murgueros por diversidad, the Gay Catholic Community, Cámpora Diversa</em>’ (a division of the pro-government political group founded by Vice President Kirchner’s son) and the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
Costumes ranged from nothing but colorful body paint, to elaborate impersonations of divas such as Lady Gaga, to full bondage wear.
A number of families with children, tourists and lots of gay-friendly pooches also participated.
The floats, including the always rambunctious nightclub on wheels from gay nightclub, Amerika, inches from Plaza de Mayo up to Congress building before the finale of politically-saturated speeches and an all-night dance-heavy closing shindig outdoors, in front of the Congreso building.
Argentina’s Gender Identity Laws
Celebrations went one step further in 2021 with the passage of the Gender Identity Law, an unprecedented national law allowing for gender self-identification. Those who want to change the gender on their official documents in Argentina do not need medical approval or to go through any judicial approval process.
Hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery is covered by the country’s public healthcare.
Transgender Job Quota
Argentina is commonly considered the most progressive country in terms of LGBTQ legislation.
In 2021, a transgender job quota law was passed that will reserve 1% of all government jobs for trans-identify individuals. Considering that 55% of Argentina works in the public sector, that would mean that almost 250,000 jobs are reserved for trans individuals.
Argentina’s Non-Binary ID
Shortly thereafter President Alberto Fernández announced that passports and national identification cards have a non binary ‘x’ option for the gender field.
The president’s 26-year-old son, Estanislao ‘Dyhzy’ Fernández, who was already a locally-known drag performer before his father took power, recently announced he’s non-binary. He is Instagram famous within Argentina, with almost half a million followers.
The ‘Marcha Del Orgullo Gay’
Once everyone gathers, the parade begins at 4 p.m. from Plaza de Mayo and slowly blares its way up 11 blocks of Avenida de Mayo to the Plaza Congreso.
The celebration ends with live music in Plaza Congreso, often headlined by notable local pop acts such as Leo Garcia and Miranda.
In typical Buenos Aires’ fashion, expect the party to run until sunrise.
Celebrations continue all week with art shows, cinema festivals and events in gay clubs all over town.
2021 Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade
The Buenos Aires Marcha del Orgullo Gay (or Pride Parade) 2021 is set to take place on Saturday, November 6 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Plaza de Mayo. Gay Pride week will run through the week until November 13, 2021.
The event is just one part of Gay Pride week in Buenos Aires in which there are LGBTQ+-themed conferences, speakers, and parties all over town.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. (parade at 4 p.m.)
Where: Plaza de Mayo