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Third lesbian woman dies after man throws Molotov cocktail at their home in Buenos Aires

Graham Robson May 13, 2024

A third lesbian woman has died after a man threw a Molotov cocktail at the home of two lesbian couples in Buenos Aires, according to Argentina‘s LGBT+ Federation. The perpetrator has since been arrested and has been hospitalised.

The attack, widely seen as a hate crime, shocked many in a nation that considers itself to the most accepting of gay rights in Latin America.

One woman died Tuesday and another on Wednesday, both suffering from burn injuries.

“The third victim of the attack died this Sunday at 10am,” Maria Rachid of the LGBT+ Federation said.

The fourth woman, who suffered milder injuries, “is recovering and has a good prognosis,” Rachid added.

Dozens of people gathered this week in front of the boarding house, lighting candles for a vigil. On Friday, May 10, another event was held near the nation’s Congress to demand justice for the attack.

Argentina has been a Latin American leader in gay marriage and identity legislation, with a 2021 law allowing nonbinary people to mark their gender with an ‘X’.

However, many fear a backsliding in their freedoms under libertarian President Javier Milei.

“This hate crime is not an isolated event,” the Buenos Aires women’s ministry wrote on X, saying it was a consequence of the government’s “irresponsible” discourse.