ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires Becomes World’s First City To Name Subway Station After An LGBT Activist

The Bubble reports:

Today marked the opening of the newly inaugurated Carlos Jaúregui subway station. Located on the corner of Avenida Santa Fe and Pueyrredón, the stop was previously referred to as the “Santa Fe” stop on the H line.

Following a measure approved unanimously last year by the Buenos Aires City Legislature, the station was opened under its new name today by Buenos Aires City mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

The opening represents a landmark step forward for the LGBT community in Argentina, and worldwide, as it is the first station in the world to be named after an LGBTQ activist or AIDS advocate. Carlos Jáuregui was an outspoken defender of human and LGBT rights and was the first president of the Argentine Homosexual Community (CHA).

Via press release from the city’s official tourism bureau:

The Undersecretariat for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism, in conjunction with Buenos Aires and Subterranean lawmakers from the Buenos Aires State Society (SBASE), oversaw this intervention on line H, which will also become an LGBT point of interest.

Artist Daniel Arzola was responsible for the mural and the works that surround the Carlos Jáuregui station. The mural was designed with great dimensions, composed of different characters representing the LGBT rights and achievements, diversity, and integration. On the stairs, you will find the pride flag artistically intervened and the balconies to the platform display portraits representing equality.

The Carlos Jáuregui station aims to be a space to recognize the LGBT community and to celebrate inclusion, coexistence, and non-discrimination through an artistic, informative, and educational manner to all visitors to Buenos Aires.

The first video shows the artists at work. The Buenos Aires subway system opened in 1913 and currently serves 1.1 million riders daily.

  • djcoastermark

    That’s pretty cool. ( and something fun to see for a change)

    • TuuxKabin

      I’nt it just. =;o)

  • TuuxKabin

    Way to go Bonus Aires! Octavio, long lost and missed commentater tot, if you’re peeking in. Hugs to you & el Squeeze. Hope all’s well.

    • Gene

      I miss Octavio….
      if you are looking in now and again, say hello…

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  • Oh’behr

    At times, I wish I could click my heels and go to far away places to see such delightful things such as this subway station … though I don’t have the magic ruby slippers. Shucks.

    Though I’d also go upstairs, to see Buenos Aires too.

  • Bad Tom

    What a wonderful thing to do! Go Buenos Aires!

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  • Do Something Nice

    Harvey Milk Plaza is the main entrance to the Castro Street station in San Francisco for decades. There are many who believe that station names should reflect the names of streets or other entities that provide one with a sense of geographical location.

    Regardless, I applaud Buenos Aires for this.

  • William

    Carlos Jáuregui’s Wikipedia page needs an English version.
    https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_J%C3%A1uregui

    • Ray Taylor

      Carlos Luis Jauregui ( La Plata , 22 of September of 1957 – Buenos Aires , 20 of August of 1996 ) was an activist LGBT Argentine, first president of the Homosexual Community of Argentina (CHA) between 1984 and 1987. Far from it, in 1991 also he founded the association Gays for Civil Rights and in 1992 led the first Gay Pride march Lesbian in Buenos Aires . He helped push the first draft civil union and the inclusion of sexual orientation in anti-discrimination clause of the Constitution of the City of Buenos Aires . Further, He filed two complaints against the archbishop of Buenos Aires Antonio Quarracino discrimination. Jauregui based much of his activism in seeking media visibility and the policy of ” make themselves known” for which he wrote in newspapers, participated in television programs and published the book Homosexuality in Argentina . 1 2 3 4
      Jauregui was also a history professor specializing in medieval history . 5 In 1996, at age 38, died of AIDS , a disease which had been the victims also his brother Roberto Jáuregui and his partner Pablo Azcona. 1 After his death, a square in the neighborhood of Constitution named in its memory and 20 August, the day of his death, was established as the “Day of Activism for Sexual Diversity”. 6 7 A station subway Buenos Aires takes its name from 2017. 8 His story was brought to television in a chapter of Unit Medical history , personified by Gaston Pauls . 9 6

      More at Wiki
      Also chrome browsers have a translate plug-in which I used.

      • William

        Thanks for the translation.
        Chrome did strange things to my computer.

  • Lars Littlefield

    I have to say I’m more than a little impressed. It appears LGBT equality and progress has advanced much faster in Argentina than possibly the rest of the world.

  • Ray Taylor

    I have Daniel Arzola on Twitter since I first heard of him, a couple years ago.
    A photo: https://twitter.com/PlanetRomeo/status/844949118703276036
    Also Here is a link to much of his art: http://nosoytuchiste.tumblr.com

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