The New York Times over the weekend looked at the continued violence and discrimination transgender Argentines face.

Argentina has led the LGBT rights movement in Latin American, becoming the first country in 2010 to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. More recently, Argentine lawmakers approved a series of laws that protect transgender and gay people. A 2012 law allows transgender people to change their gender on official documents without involving a psychiatrist or surgeon and requires access to hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery for those who seek it.

Esteban Paulon, president of the Argentine Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, told the Times that roughly 6,000 people have altered their gender on official documents since the law came online, compared with a handful before the law.

Despite the legislative progress, prejudice remains, and the nation has been rocked in recent weeks by a series of unsolved killings of transgender women, including the murder of Diana Sacayan, a prominent leader of Argentina's LGBT community.

“Society hasn't changed in the slightest,” said Andrea Cantero, a 29-year-old transgender woman. “We're people like anybody else.”

“[B]ut I feel it was a message to say, 'You're worthless,'” she added.

According to a survey published last year by the Huesped Foundation, transgender life expectancy in Argentina is roughly half that of the general population in 2013.

Local transgender TV celebrity Lizy Tagliani told the Times that she focuses on the progress.

“I don't worry about what's yet to be achieved. I always try to see the glass half full,” she said.