Earlier this week, the city of Buenos Aires opened the newly named Carlos Jaúregui Subte station on the city’s underground railway network. Previously the Santa Fe station on the H line, you’ll find this stop on the corner of Avenida Santa Fe and Pueyrredón in the upscale district of Recoleta. The station is of particular interest to OutThere travellers, as Jaúregui is lauded by the Argentine gay community as its leading LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS advocate and human rights activist, Buenos Aire’s answer to Harvey Milk – responsible, alongside his colleagues who founded the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA), for defending and progressing the rights of LGBTQ people in the country. Today, Argentina is one of the most progressive and open-minded Latin American countries with full marriage-equality and a landmark global ‘World Friendly’ marketing programme, with a distinctive campaign “Argentina is about Amor, period”, focussed at attracting gay and lesbian tourists. The renaming of the station was unanimously agreed by the Buenos Aires City Legislature last year, 20 years after Jaúregui’s passing a huge step forward for the LGBTQ community in Argentina, South America and the world at large. In fact, it is the first train station in the world to be named after such an activist. The rainbow-themed subway station is a colourful, permanent and important reminder of the struggles of the community in the past and an example to a promising future for LGBTQ people in this otherwise Catholic country, birthplace of the current Pope.In our recent Inspirational Argentina Issue, we spoke to the current President of the CHA, Cesar Cigliutti, to learn more about the country’s past and LGBTQ history. Cesar, equally as passionate about LGBTQ rights and who was there by Jaúregui’s side when the organisation started reflects on the last three decades of LGBTQ progress – the story can be found here.
Photographs by Gustavo Noguera