In their documentary film The Same Love, the Same Rights, Rodrigo Vila and Luciano Origlio offer a retrospective of the struggle of LGBT people in Argentina starting in the seventies through to the historic legalization of marriage between same-sex people in July 15, 2010, the so-called Law of Equal Marriage.
Starting at the fight for this law, and following the steps taken by the PSOE to approve law in Spain in 2005, the established dynamic was the relationship between minorities and majorities; what was discussed was much broader than legalizing gay marriage, it was a debate about the kind of society that the Argentines wanted to have. Therefore, it was both a social as well as political movement.
The first citizen movement to fight for freedom of sexual minorities in Argentina was formed in the seventies with the Gay Liberation Front, in a climate of persecution and illegality. Then came the CHA, with its charismatic leader Carlos Jauregui, which later formed the Civil Rights Gay and had been imported from France the Gay Pride in 1981. The documentary takes a journey through the movements and key personalities of the struggle for sexual diversity. And everything was under the backdrop of the emergence of AIDS, so-called “pink plague”, which caused the disappearance of many of these key figures.
The film shows footage of the executive class; parliament debating the law and its defence or rejection of it, always grounded on concepts such as aberration, disease, and perversion or anti nature, to discriminate against homosexuals.
In parallel, the statements of various personalities of the Argentine LGBT community, such as the writer and activist Mabel Belucci, the President of the FALGBT Esteban Paulon or the journalist Osvaldo Bazán, who explained the process that followed, from the different voices that took the fight to the streets for the rights of sexual diversity.
During the decades this took place, there were many stories of love between people of the same sex who suffered the ravages of intolerance in society. The film portrays them through three example stories: the relationship in the shadows between artists Daniel Angelone and Eduardo Bergara Leumann, that of the militants Ramona Arevalo and Norma Castillo, now married and in retirement, or the personal story of playwright Pepe Cibrian Campoy, putting the final touch on this fascinating documentary by reading a text about a fictional conversation between Lorca (as we know, killed for his sexual orientation) and his murderer.