Argentina's Ministry of Human Rights has found itself in a bit of hot water after publishing a tweet with an image saying “heterosexuality is part of sexual diversity” along with a visibility hash-tag. The Tweet, which was posted Monday, is supposed to be part of a broader campaign by the government to foster diversity has draw criticism from several quarters.
"Regardless of your orientation, we're all part of sexual diversity," reads the Tweet followed by the “heterosexuality is part of sexual diversity” image.
The Tweet sparked outrage among social media users, who think that heterosexuality is the sexual norm in society and that a visibility campaign should focus on minority groups. They pointed to members of the LGBT community, who regularly face discrimination and violence in Argentina, as being a more worthy focus of the diversity campaign.
“I have never been discriminated for being heterosexual, and I'm fairly visible as such. You should instead focus on increasing visibility of the LGBT people that need it and are oppressed,” says one of the responses.
Other users think that the tweet is correct since heterosexuality is indeed part of the broad spectrum of sexual orientations, but some think that's not the point.
“Because this is a visibility campaign... heterosexuality doesn't need to increase its visibility because it's the norm. However, other sexualities do need it, because they're seen as a taboo while they're a pretty common reality.”
The Human Rights Office hasn't made comments on the tweet, which is still posted on their Twitter account, and also hasn't posted any other related picture regarding any other of the “sexual diversities” they're talking about.
Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in 2010 during Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner administration, becoming the first country in Latin America to do so. A law to allow the legal change of gender without undergoing a reassignment surgery was also passed during Fernandez de Kirchner's time in government.
But little progress has been made since Mauricio Macri took office.
In a 1997 interview by the Argentinian newspaper Pagina12, Macri said he considered homosexuality a sickness when asked about letting members of the LGBT community join the Boca Juniors soccer team, of which he was president at the time.
“What do you want me to do? I have to tell you what I think. And, what am I going to think? That what they do is great? Would you celebrate if your son was a homosexual? Please. The world has made us so get together with a woman,” Macri said in the interview.