On paper, when it comes to civil rights for transgender people, Argentina is a pioneer in Latin America. Since 2012, the law on sexual identity allows for free change of gender or civil status without medical or legal agreement. In 2020, the president went even further by imposing that a quota of at least 1% of national administrative positions – army included – be reserved for transvestites and transsexuals. In fact, with an estimated life expectancy of thirty-five years, the trans community experiences a very different reality, surrounded by violence and precariousness.
Between official speeches and edifying statistics, there is group solidarity and personal trajectories. It is in this space, unknown and often despised, that Camila Sosa Villada wrote The Villains, a real bookstore phenomenon already awarded and widely translated.