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Buenos Aires Kiss-in Protests Lesbophobia

IN PICTURES: Days after Argentine police abused and detained Mariana Solange Gomez for kissing her wife Rocio Girat in the capital's subway, lesbians held a kiss-in to protest.

Hundreds of lesbians gathered at the Buenos Aires subway E line in the Boedo neighborhood Friday night to protest with a kiss-in the 7-hour detention of Mariana Solange Gomez on Oct. 2 by police for kissing her wife in public.

The protest, organized under the hashtag, #besazo, was planned after Gomez was forced to the ground, handcuffed and held in a Buenos Aires subway police station after she and Rocio Girat kissed while waiting for the E-line train. The police's excessive force was recorded and posted widely on Twitter.

Police said Gomez was detained for smoking in a prohibited area and “resisting authorities.” Gomez and lesbian groups say she was detained, “intimidated, hit and mistreated merely for kissing her partner in public … in a clear attack against her sexual orientation.”

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Lesbians kiss outside of the E-line subway station in Buenos Aires. LGBTI rights advocates chant, "Together we gain strength against the patriarchy."
Lesbians kiss outside of the E-line subway station in Buenos Aires. LGBTI rights advocates chant, "Together we gain strength against the patriarchy." Photo:@cosecharoja
Women kiss at #besazo in support of lesbian rights. Argentina was the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.
Women kiss at #besazo in support of lesbian rights. Argentina was the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010. Photo:@SLuxemburgo
Older couple sends its support to #besazo via twitter to protest police violence against Gomez by Buenos Aires police.
Older couple sends its support to #besazo via twitter to protest police violence against Gomez by Buenos Aires police. Photo:@FundHuesped
Mariana Solange Gomez (L) and Rocio Girat (R) kiss at the E-line entrance, near where Gomez was detained by city police for 7 hours on Oct. 2 for kissing her wife.
Mariana Solange Gomez (L) and Rocio Girat (R) kiss at the E-line entrance, near where Gomez was detained by city police for 7 hours on Oct. 2 for kissing her wife. Photo:@autopolitics
Gay men against police violence toward lesbians, hold a sign that reads, "No more lesbophobia," and pamphlets that say, "Macri Hetero" and "Anti-patriarchy."
Gay men against police violence toward lesbians, hold a sign that reads, "No more lesbophobia," and pamphlets that say, "Macri Hetero" and "Anti-patriarchy." Photo:@josedibello
#besazo protesters with a sign that reads, "No kiss is born hetero."
#besazo protesters with a sign that reads, "No kiss is born hetero." Photo:@ZaboDice
Protesters in Buenos Aires hold signs that read, "Down with lesbophobia. Kiss and loving is not a crime."
Protesters in Buenos Aires hold signs that read, "Down with lesbophobia. Kiss and loving is not a crime." Photo:@TortasBarrioFOL
Women in Buenos Aires supporting the #besazo movement and human rights for lesbians, post their kiss to #besazo via Twitter.
Women in Buenos Aires supporting the #besazo movement and human rights for lesbians, post their kiss to #besazo via Twitter. Photo:@FloraAlkorta
Women kiss at the #besazo in Buenos Aires, with a post that reads, "Kissing is not a crime."
Women kiss at the #besazo in Buenos Aires, with a post that reads, "Kissing is not a crime." Photo:@PresentesLGBT
Gomez (L) and Girat (R) at kiss-in against lesbophobia. Gomez told the media, "If I were taken in for smoking in public, 30 others should have been detained, too."
Gomez (L) and Girat (R) at kiss-in against lesbophobia. Gomez told the media, "If I were taken in for smoking in public, 30 others should have been detained, too." Photo:@cosecharoja
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