The Queen, a gay discotheque in Mendoza; its address and clientele; whether it was raided by police on 31 December 1999 (1999-October 2000) [ARG35830.E]

According to information provided on its Website, the Queen Disco is located at the following address: Ejército de los Andes 656, Dorrego/Guaymallén, Mendoza (2000a). This information is corroborated by the Guía Gay de Argentina, an on-line guide to bars, cinemas and other establishments serving the country's homosexual population (2000).

Although no specific information on the profile of individuals frequenting the Queen Disco could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate, the establishment's Website provides information on recent and upcoming events. These include "Mr. Queen Argentina", a gay men's beauty contest (Queen Disco ibid. 2000b), "drag queen" shows, which take place weekly (ibid. 2000c), and the National Gay Vendimia [Vintage] Festival, an annual event first held at the discotheque in 1996 (ibid. 2000d).

No mention of a police raid on the Queen Disco on 31 December 1999 could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Guía Gay de Argentina. 2000. "Mendoza Gay." [Accessed 27 Oct. 2000]

Queen Disco. 2000a. "Comentarios." [Accessed 27 Oct. 2000]

_____. 2000b. "Mr. Queen Mendoza 2000." [Accessed 27 Oct. 2000]

_____. 2000c. "Drag Queen Shows." [Accessed 27 Oct. 2000]

_____. 2000d. "Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia Gay." [Accessed 27 Oct. 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB databases.

Queen Disco.

Internet sites including:

Amnesty International.

Diario Los Andes [Mendoza]. 20 Dec. 1999-10 Jan. 2000.

Human Rights Watch.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

La Nación [Buenos Aires]. 1999-2000.

Rex Wockner News Service. Dec. 1999-Jan. 2000.