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I'm home sick from school today – bad timing – and just got hit with two updates on the State of the Queer World. The first is that another step in the Prop. 8 battle has been completed, resulting in no change whatsoever on the ground. Apparently we can expect a resolution any time between September and next July, whereupon California will hopefully be able to marry anyone who wants it but the rest of the country will be unaffected. DOMA is also going to the Supremes soon, on a states' rights argument which might do away with the whole lack of federal recognition for legal same-sex marriages, but wouldn't change the other big bit where different states don't have to honor each other's marriage laws. This whole thing is frankly a joke, but one that appears to have gotten lost on the way to the punch line.

In contrast, I just found out that Argentina, opining that marriage equality is sooooo two years ago, has passed a new Gender Identity Law which went into effect yesterday. This means that in Argentina right now, a person wanting to change their gender markers and name on their documentation can do so without having to "prove" being trans* enough at all, and health insurance has to cover hormones and surgery for people who want them. This means Argentina of all places is actually the country in the world it's easiest for trans people to get legal recognition, though there's still only two gender categories recognized. That's bloody cool.

I only lived in Argentina for a month, so maybe this all makes more sense to people who really know the climate, but to me it's a really interestingly contradictory place. It's officially Catholic and abortion rights are severely restricted; I talked to one woman who didn't think those laws were actually that much enforced or respected, but I've also seen stats on deaths and they aren't pretty. There's been significant progress in that area in the past couple of years as well. Then they have really entrenched patriarchy and gender roles, like extreme ones, and a female president who was elected not once but twice; it seemed to me when I was there that gender was so strongly constructed that it's not seen as needing enforcement, like the system is impervious and so nonconformity isn't seen as a threat. It's like how Argentinian people know their government is often incredibly corrupt and are very proud of how strong their democracy is. It's simultaneously horrendously backwards and amazingly progressive, not even in different areas a lot of the time.

Meanwhile here in the U. S. it turns out that when opinion polls suggest that the public is leaning towards being kind of okay with same-sex marriage, the President is finally able to "evolve" and when he does suddenly it's cool and trendy and everyone wants to do it and he'll probably go down in history as some kind of big champion of queer people's rights and excuse me if I sound bitter but this is BULLSHIT in all caps.

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