The first underground station to be named after an LGBT activist looks absolutely beautiful
An underground station has been named after an LGBT activist for the first time ever – and it looks stunning.
Jáuregui station was officially inaugurated by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, chief of government in Buenos Aires, last week.
Carlos Jáuregui was the first president of the Homosexual Community of Argentina in 1984, and eight years later, he led the first Gay Pride parade through the Argentinian capital.
The station now has rainbow steps and a huge mural featuring a giant painting of Jáuregui, a Pride participant holding a rainbow flag and a female couple embracing.
The mural, which stretches along the main wall of the station, also includes mostly naked men, a representation of the disabled LGBT community, and one Jáuregui’s most famous quotes.
It reads: “In a society that teaches us to shame, pride is a political response.”
Jáuregui, who was also a historian and journalist, died of AIDS in 1996, aged 38.
His brother Roberto and partner Pablo Azcona also died from the disease.
The activist also has a plaza in the city named after him, while the date of his death, August 20, became a national Day of Activism for Sexual Diversity.
Argentina now allows gay and bi men to give blood, has a government department which helps LGBT citizens fight discrimination, and has made Buenos Aires an LGBT-friendly city.
Same-sex marriage has also been legal nationwide since 2010, before either the UK or the US. It was the first Latin American country to do so.