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Nestor Berchot, One of Argentina’s First Married Gays, Dies At His Own Wedding

Hairstylist Nestor Berchot was among Argentina’s first gays to get married, after Congress and the president signed a bill into law in July. Filing paperwork with partner Adrian Garcia and becoming the southern city Mar del Plata City’s first same-sex couple to get hitched, it makes Berchot’s sudden death — at his own wedding reception — even more harrowing. After falling ill at the party, he was rushed to the hospital but was unable to be saved. He died this morning at 7am. As a married man.

By:           JD
On:           Aug 13, 2010
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  • 36 Comments
    • Rick Brannon
      Rick Brannon

      There are two days when a man is a joy: the day you marry him and the day you bury him.

      These were the same day for Mr. Berchot.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mountainword
      Mountainword

      How sad – but at least he died happy! Vive Argentina!

      Aug 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott
      Scott

      On one hand, this is really sad.

      On the other hand – if this was his time to go, at least he was able to get married and experience that joy. So in another way this is wonderful. (And of course still extremely bittersweet.)

      Aug 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill
      Bill

      The ‘nutters will say it was ‘god’s punishment.’

      Like the ‘man of god’ a few weeks ago who said that ‘whenever a man mounts another man, the throne of god rumbles.’

      Aug 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      @Bill: I was about to say the exact same thing – “counting down to the religious whackjobs claiming it’s god’s punishment.” You beat me to it.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jd
      jd

      It probably does, if he mounts him correctly. I thought that was the entire point.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mounty
      mounty

      @Bill: ‘whenever a man mounts another man, the throne of god rumbles.’ ~Because he has to adjust himself

      Aug 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"
      Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"

      What’s with all the assholey snarkiness?

      On a day of great joy, an even greater sadness; why not simply express sympathy to the widower, that is what is called for.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gullible's travels
      gullible's travels

      Ths news makes me very sad… :<(

      Aug 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wonka
      Wonka

      I feel so terribly bad for his partner.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Enron
      Enron

      Its like his life was holding out until this day came where he could be considered equal. Really sad, RIP.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bystander
      Bystander

      what did he die of? have they ruled out foul play?

      Aug 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      This is so sad.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott E.
      Scott E.

      @Wonka: Correction: *husband, not partner. They were married. =)

      Aug 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M
      M

      Absolutely tragic, though I’m glad that he got to experience the joy of committing to his husband before he passed.

      I hope his widow(er) is holding out okay.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Perdue
      Bill Perdue

      Very sad.

      Aug 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan
      Dan

      ROFL – Is that a real phrase??? What is funny about the phrase “whenever a man mounts another man, the throne of god rumbles” is that it makes it sound like that god is a horny god who is masturbating on his throne at the sight of two men having a good time. :D

      Aug 14, 2010 at 12:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FAGGOT
      FAGGOT

      FAIL

      Aug 14, 2010 at 1:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jackpacer
      jackpacer

      Leave it to the “christians” to say the most unchristian things. I can’t wait for that day of judgement when all the self-rightous talibangicals go marching proudly up to heaven’s front desk saying “let me in, let me in, I’m a christian”. Then they told that their name isn’t on the reservation list and that trap door to hell opens up beneath their feet and they scream “I don’t understand, I hated all the right peopleeeeeeeeeeeee!?”

      Aug 14, 2010 at 2:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blue Falcone
      Blue Falcone

      @jackpacer: except there’ll be no day of judgment, and no pearly gates, and no trap door to hell, since that’s actually just a story they use to justify their inability to cope with reality.

      And, if their god were killing gays for getting married, why just the one? (And none of that “he works in mysterious ways crap, please,)

      Aug 14, 2010 at 3:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robert
      robert

      Is it time to do post-moderation of comments? Some of those in response to this story are just sick and spiteful and not at all funny.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 8:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Perdue
      Bill Perdue

      The level of discussion at Queerty is abysmal.

      Queerty needs to establish guidelines and standards that inhibit trolling racists, religious freaks and other assorted nutcases.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 10:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • axos
      axos

      I’m sorry for the widower. Very tragic.

      As for improper comments: My experience is that once you start moderating comments you are on a slippery slope, and those moderating will sooner or later misuse their power and take away comments they personally don’t agree with. The system here is much better – and you get to know what some people REALLY think, which can be educational. But in general, Queerty comments are usually OK.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 10:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rick Brannon
      Rick Brannon

      @Bill Perdue: Queerty needs…?

      Really, has it come to this?

      Aug 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Bony Man
      The Bony Man

      This is a very sad occasion for his partner. At least he lived long enough to see his own wedding though.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Perdue
      Bill Perdue

      I agree that Queerty should not be moderating comments. But they do need to make it clear that racism and christian bigotry are not welcome.

      And the thumbs up, down system and flagging systems make it almost impossioble to have decent conversations. They’re just a way to increase revenue but in the end what they do is make discussions undemocratic and easily debased.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kellyc01
      Kellyc01

      Which man in the picture is Nestor? C’mon, this is journalism 101, Queerty.

      Aug 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ms. Pink
      Ms. Pink

      Such a sad thing.

      Aug 15, 2010 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.
      L.

      I can’t help but think that, despite finally getting to marry his soulmate, this is the saddest thing that could happen. A relative had his father die during his wedding, but this is an order of magnitude worse. My thoughts go to the widower.

      Aug 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ron
      ron

      A lightning bolt from god…BLAM! lol

      Aug 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fred
      fred

      very sad

      Aug 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      @robert: Absolutley not. If I want to post a comment and then see it posted 24 hours later edited to shit, I will go to virtually every other site on the internets. Use the thumbsdown and flag feature……………

      Aug 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RLSinSF
      RLSinSF

      Once you start editing and moderating, then you’re back to traditional intermediated journalism. If you want to see only sanctioned commentary, go to edited news and stop using the feedback features.

      Aug 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MrsPatrickCampbell
      MrsPatrickCampbell

      Maybe she had too much amyl?

      Aug 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvd-junkie
      dvd-junkie

      @Bill: Well, for the throne of God to rumble, they sure must be producing a lot of “vibrations”.

      Aug 29, 2010 at 6:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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