Argentina to award posthumous posthumously to three gay men for their work in Argentina
By ANTONIO MARCOLLIUNGALANABOS, Associated PressAUGUSTA, Argentina (AP) A posthumus award will be given to three Argentine gay men who worked in the field of sexology and who helped to bring the country’s laws against same-sex relations into effect.
Gay rights activists have long called for the Argentine government to recognize their work.
The men’s award for their efforts will be presented Monday in the capital, Buenos Aires.
It’s one of the first times the Argentine public has heard of the award, which has been presented to two men in a similar manner to the one presented to Argentine President Mauricio Macri in 2016.
Macri was born in Buenos Aires and is gay.
The two men were born in the 1950s and 1960s, but their identities were unknown to the public until the 1970s.
The men were part of a gay activist group known as the “Soynado.”
In the 1970’s, Argentina banned gay sex in the country, a measure which eventually brought the country into line with international standards on human rights.