Explore gay Argentina – the most progressive LGBT country in Latin America. From its wild nightlife to stunning natural beauty, Argentina is the perfect destination for LGBT travellers looking to eschew Europe and explore further afield.
Gay Rights in Argentina
Argentina is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to LGBT rights. They were not only the first in Latin America to legalize gay marriage back in 2010 but they have also lifted the archaic ban on gay men donating blood – a problem still blighting many other developed nations across the world.
The comprehensive transgender rights are also some of the world’s most progressive, permitting individuals to change their gender without going through hormone therapy or medical treatments.
Despite the fact that gay sex has been legal in Argentina for over a hundred years, that doesn’t mean that liberal attitudes have always prevailed. Carlos Jáuregui was the countries most prominent LGBT campaigner and lead the first Gay Pride parade in 1992. He is well known for his manipulation of the media to raise the profile of the gay struggle and is considered an icon among gay Argentinians. He died of AIDS in 1996 aged just 38. The state recently renamed a metro station after the prominent LGBT activist and campaigner Carlos Jáuregui.
Buenos Aries is a huge, cosmopolitan city compromising stunning 19th-century buildings, world-class museums and plenty of gay bars to keep you busy in the evenings. The city has rich cultural heritage too. Highlights of the arts scene including the modern art museum known as MALBA and, of course, Casa Rosada, also known as the Pink House, famed for the balcony where Evita addressed the people of Argentina.
Once you’ve spent the morning sightseeing at the fantastic art galleries you can spend the afternoon indulging in some Dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is the taste of Argentina, this deliciously sweet caramel can be found in everything from coffee to cake and is the perfect afternoon snack to refuel.
If you’re travelling with your partner or happened to meet one along the way, then why not visit one of the love hotels? The notion might seem a little seedy to those unfamiliar with the concept but they’re pretty normal here. Waterbeds, mirrored ceilings and themed rooms are available for those who want to get frisky for an hour in a unique environment!
Gay Bars in Buenos Aries
Stiges Gay Bar is one of the more popular hangouts in the city. Things get going late here, normally well after midnight, and continue into the early morning. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more rough around the edges than Contromano Bear Club attracts a more mature crowd. For a daytime tipple then head to Pride Cafe, it’s open until 8 pm and also serves excellent coffee and snacks. Finally, Bar Sur is a cosy and authentic venue where you can release your inner dancer and get familiar with the tango.
Argentina is a huge country and encompasses wildly varied terrains from mountains which surround the capital to the imposing glaciers in the south. The Perito Moreno Glacier located in the Los Glaciers National Park is the most notable, impressive and well-frequented.
The Iguazu Falls are another must-see. Straddling the border with Brazil, they are the largest waterfall system in the word and a wonder to behold. San Carlos de Bariloche is situated at the foot of the Andes and provides ample opportunities for skiing and trekking. The views are breathtaking and well worth the long climbs through the Argentinian countryside.