How was the start of LGBT sport in Argentina?

In 1997 was created in Argentina the first LGBT sports organization of South America, the DAG (argentinian gay athletes), with the eventual goal of participating in the V Gay Games Amsterdam in 1998. They not only participated in that international event, accompanied by two referents of the LGBT activism in the country such as Marcelo Ferreyra and María Rachid, but continued to do so in subsequent years, strengthening and encouraging the creation of new LGBT sports organizations in the country and the region. In recognition of this initiative, the IGLFA (International Gay and Lesbian Football Association) designated the city of Buenos Aires to host the 2007 World Championship, organized and won by the DAG football team, Los Dogos.



Uruguay Celeste (Uruguay), CGD-Cóndores (Chile), TriGay (Mexico) and many argentinians groups, such as GAPEF, SAFG and ADAPLI, were those that immediately followed the path of the DAG. Today there are hundreds in Latin America and the world that encourage different international competitions.
In 2013 GAPEF organized the first Latin American football 5-a-side tournament, the Copa de las Américas, the germ of all national and international sporting events that took place in the region the following years, such as the Argentinian Torneo Nacional por la Inclusión, the Brazilian LiGay or the Copa Redentor of Chile, among others.


Why Buenos Aires?

Chosen as the best LGBT destination in the region in 2016, the city of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, constitutes with its almost 13 million inhabitants, one of the 20 largest urban agglomerates in the world.
Among its nicknames we can highlight "the Paris of America", for its Europeanized urban profile, "the City of Fury", which refers to the song of the successful rock band Soda Stereo, "the Queen of the Río de la Plata", for being the most important city on this river coast, and "the World Capital of Tango", for being here where that musical genre and dance, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, arose.



On the sports level, many institutions have their stadiums and venues in the city, such as Boca Juniors, River Plate or Vélez Sarsfield, and also has the Olympic Park and the National Center for High Performance Sports (CeNARD), both complexes that houses athletes from across the country and allows the practice of many disciplines.
With intense nightlife, there are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the city, especially in trendy neighborhoods such as Palermo, San Telmo or Puerto Madero. Do not forget to try the typical Argentine foods, such as barbecue, empanada or locro, the typical infusion such as mate, and sweets, including dulce de leche and alfajores.
In the last decade, and after years of social struggle in this regard, many laws that extended the rights of the LGBT community were put into effect; at the national level, such as the Equal Marriage Law, including the right of adoption; the Gender Identity Law, which benefits transgender people (transvestites, transsexuals and transgenders) or the Assisted Fertility Law; and on other levels, the Anti-discrimination Law or the Trans Work Law, among many others.


What are LGBT Games BA2020?

Throughout the country, there is every year sports and cultural festivals to make the LGBT community visible in sports practice.  All are welcome to participate without distinction of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, skills, ideology or socioeconomic status. The one that will happen in November 2020 aims to build stronger bridges between LGBT and traditional sports associations, and go beyond sport to give birth to an ambitious social project. The main mission of the LGBT Games is to promote equality through the organization and participation in an international sporting and cultural event, and to foster the construction of a democratic, multicultural and respectful society of diversity.
“Buenos Aires 2020” presented its application in December 2016, and since that time it has been working hard so that it can become the largest sporting and cultural event this year in the continent, with the presence of athletes, artists and activists from all over the world, anticipating 14 disciplines and 3,700 participants.






Who organizes them?

The local organizing committee (LOC) is composed of -almost- all LGBT sports organizations in the metropolitan area of ​​the City of Buenos Aires (AMBA) and the Sports Secretary of the Argentinian LGBT Federation (FALGBT).
The LOC has the territorial support of the Argentinian LGBT Federation (FALGBT), with presence in all districts of the country, government entities and other associations. The sport LOC is headed by a president, a VP, a general secretary, a treasurer, 14 members (responsible for each of the 14 disciplines of the event) and collaborators:
Juan Pablo Morino, President - Delegate member of the Federation of Gay Games, Secretary of Sports of the FALGBT and President of Gays Apasionados Por El Fútbol (GAPEF)
Bernardo Vleminchx, Vice President - President of AADD - Los Dogos
Sergio Rotman, General Secretary - Executive Director of Hecho Social Club
Hernán Varela, Treasurer - Treasurer of Gays Apasionados Por El Fútbol (GAPEF)
Associations that coordinate the 14 disciplines: GAPEF, Los Dogos, Hecho Social Club, Guatemala, Leones, Zorres, Yacarés y Ceibos. Collaborate: Lobos Argentina, AADD, Martina Céspedes and Club de Osos of Buenos Aires
For its part, the LOC of the Culture and Human Rights Conference segment has a similar conformation (president, vice, general secretary and treasurer), a Press director, a Culture director and a person in charge of the conference cycle.
As energy continues to flow, the committee will continue to expand. As honorary directors, the LOC annexed the following authorities: María Rachid, former Legislator and Head of the Institute against Discrimination of the Ombudsman of the City of Buenos Aires; Ornella Infante, Director of Anti-Discrimination Policies of the National Institute against Discrimination (INaDi); Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mayor of the City of Buenos Aires; Pamela Malewicz, Undersecretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the City of Buenos Aires, Gastón Busso, chief of staff of the undersecretary of Sports of the City of Buenos Aires; Flavia Massenzio, president of the Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT); and Marcela Romero, founder and referent activist of the Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgenders of Argentina (ATTTA).


 Buenos Aires, Argentina