With a 2012 law allowing Argentinians to select their own gender on official forms without the need for transition surgery, the South American nation took the lead in trans rights in the region. And that was just the beginning, OZY reports. That same year, Argentina expanded medical access to hormonal treatments and gender reassignment surgery, and Buenos Aires opened the world’s first high school for transgender students.
How deep is the change? Trans nurses, teachers and public figures are becoming more visible, but violence and discrimination remain deeply ingrained: Last year, 59 trans Argentinians were murdered.