Argentina is gearing up for a new president, and with him comes a whole new wave of LGBTQ inclusivity. Specifically, a son with a drag persona named DYHZY.
Argentina held its presidential election last weekend, and Alberto Fernàndez beat right-wing incumbent Mauricio Marcri with 45 percent of the vote. For LGBTQ people in the Latin American country, this is a great success story. After all, Fernàndez not only expresses his support of LGBTQ people but he also marched in the recent Buenos Aires pride parade and expresses his pride in son Estanislao Fernàndez.
Again, Estanislao is a drag performer, activist, and cosplayer under the name DYHZY. This is a fact that Alberto is aware of, though he’s not too enlightened on drag culture. Despite that last fact, he’s totally supportive of his son’s life, love life, and career.
While talking to radio show Radio Con Vos via Ushuaia Noticias, Alberto Fernàndez called his son “one of the most creative persons” in his life.
“My son is a rights activist in that community,” he added. “In that world, which I don’t know much about, [he] seems to be respected and very recognized. I have pride in my son, how can I not be proud?”
The election of Fernàndez, who openly expresses love and support for his bi son, may be a joyous sight, but it is not necessarily a major surprise. Argentina has been proudly progressive when it comes to LGBTQ rights for several decades. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the country since 1887 and it has recognized same-sex marriage since 2010. On top of that, Argentina is one of the world’s most progressive countries when it comes to trans rights.
At the most recent pride parade at Buenos Aires, the Marcha de Orgullo, both Estanislao and Alberto participated in the event. After witnessing the 30-float proud parade, Estanislao noted the ongoing importance of Pride.
“Today we send a message of love and acceptance from Buenos Aires to the world,” he wrote. “The most important day of the year arrived, the one in which we remember with affection and pride all those who fell so that we can be free and happy.”
“It’s also a day to celebrate and celebrate being proud of being who we are but also a day of claims, we have advanced a lot as a society and we are on a very good path, but until discrimination, violence, hatred and impunity against us cease to exist, the claims continue.”
Update: An earlier draft of this article wrongly referred to Estanislao as gay instead of bisexual. This has now been corrected.