Marking International Women’s Day on Wednesday, a trans-identified male was awarded an International Women of Courage award during the 17th annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony.
Introducing Alba Rueda of Argentina to the crowd, the presenter said, Rueda "is a transgender woman who was kicked out of classrooms, barred for sitting for exams, refused job opportunities, subjected to violence, and rejected by her family. But in the face of these challenges, she worked to end violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ plus community in Argentina."Rueda was handed the presented with the award by First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
According to the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award website, Rueda is Argentina’s Special Envoy for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Worship, and was the first Argentine Undersecretary for Diversity Policies in the newly created Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity.