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Out in the PeripheryLatin America's Gay Rights Revolution$
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Omar G. Encarnación

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199356645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356645.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Argentine Gay Rights Campaign

Human Rights and the Argentine Gay Rights Campaign

(p.109) Chapter 4 Human Rights and the Argentine Gay Rights Campaign
Out in the Periphery

Omar G. Encarnación

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the crafting of the campaign for gay rights in Argentina that commenced with the democratic transition in 1983. Premised on the view that “the freedom of sexuality is a basic human right,” the campaign had tremendous cultural and political resonance at the local level, given the dark legacy of human rights abuses left behind by the military dictatorship and the primacy afforded to human rights justice in the new democracy. Among the highlights of the campaign was the effort to cultivate ties with a large and influential network of human rights organizations, from which gay activists borrowed a well-tested strategy playbook. The chapter also explores how gay activists exploited a wide range of opportunities to advance gay rights, especially those lacking an apparent connection to gay rights, such as the economic implosion of 2001.

Keywords:   Argentina, human rights, CHA, AIDS, gays, Carlos Menem, Cristina Kirchner, Nestor Kirchner

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