Without a doubt, Buenos Aires was one of our favorite cities to travel to this year. We got hooked into the night life at Queer Tango, where Jenni and I attempted (not very successfully) to learn Argentina's national dance. Experiencing a country with full equality laws was quite a culture shock for us. Supergay Maria Rachid says, "I feel proud of Argentina because today we are a model for equality. Hopefully very soon we'll have the same rights in all the world." But it wasn't always like this. Four years ago prior to same-sex marriages becoming legal, Supergay haute couture designer Roberto Piazza and his partner held a 3000 person civil union ceremony at a popular gay dance club that aired on every Argentine television station. Unfortunately, most of the public reaction to his wedding was negative. Roberto says, "the people hated us, and they insulted us anonymously." InJuly, Jenni and Lisa are traveling for a year across Asia, Africa and South America in search of the queers. Out and Around (www.OutandAround.com) is a collection of our conversations with gay people around the world who are creating change for the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. By telling the stories of these Supergays, Out and Around hopes to inspire the gay community, decrease homophobia, and raise awareness on gay issues in the developing world.
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