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Third Gay Woman Dies after Molotov Attack in Argentina

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Buenos Aires, the ‘gay capital’ of South America, recently witnessed a terrible hate crime against the lgbt community. Credit: Sebastian Bustos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

Argentina’s LGBT community is in mourning after a hate attack left three gay women dead in the capital, Buenos Aires. Last week, a 62-year-old man attacked a boarding house where two lesbian couples were staying. Justo Fernando Barrientos, now under arrest, threw a Molotov cocktail at the couples’ bedroom while they were sleeping, setting the room on fire. The attack left three dead, namely Pamela Cobbas, Mercedes Roxana Figueroa and Andrea Amarante. They all died from severe burns. The fourth casualty, Sofia Castro Riglos, is currently recovering in hospital.

The man responsible for the attack was also residing in the boarding house and had previously threatened to kill the women, according to other residents. Allegedly, throughout the two years of cohabitation, he explicilty expressed his disgust toward them for being lesbians. Barrientos is now being investigated for homicide and serious injuries.

LGBT rights in Argentina and Colombia

Argentina is historically a pioneer in LGBT rights. It was the first country in Latin America to authorize same-sex civil unions, starting from the municipality of Buenos Aires. Later, in 2010, this expanded to same-sex marriage nationwide. Argentina has also allowed the adoption of children by same-sex couples since 2010 and legal gender changes since 2012.

Buenos Aires is colloquially known as South America’s gay capital, due to it being historically open to the LGBT community. The Pride March organized every year in the country’s capital brings together hundreds of thousands of participants.

In Colombia, homosexuality has been depenalized since 1980, with same-sex marriage being allowed since 2016. Despite laws officially protecting the LGBT community, they still face challenges in daily social life.

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