LGBT Rights and the Same Sex Marriage Law in Argentina
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 802
Pedro Robledo is the representative of the LGBT community in the government of Buenos Aires and Fundacin Pensar. As a representative of the youth in the citys government at the office of the Vice Chief of Government, Pedro was able to encourage the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, to promote the Law of Prevention and Sanction of Discriminatory Acts, as well as include modifications on the bill on coexistence at schools and bullying, adding specific tools to prevent and eradicate school harassment. Currently he is working on the first Trans Home in Latin America. In this home, the trans community will be able to find shelter, access the education system to graduate primary and secondary school, receive medical assistance and sexual education. Mr. Robledo will discuss the LGBT movements achievements at a national level in Argentina (same sex marriage and gender identity law), his personal experience as an LGBT activist in the countrys most conservative political party, the achievements of the government of the city of Buenos Aires regarding LGBT issues (modification of the pre-blood donation form which now allows homosexual men to donate, and the modification of a bullying bill), and their working agenda, which focuses on sexual and reproductive health, safe classrooms, and the creation of a protection system for the transsexual community.