Because of Carnaval, a long list of trans models gracing their local and world’s fashion runways like Roberta Close, Lea T, Carol Marra and Felipa Tavares, and a national healthcare system that includes trans specific care up to SRS, Brazil is seen by those of us living in the US as a trans friendly country.
But sadly, because of the confluence of a Roman Catholic faith that has been poisoned by anti-trans attitudes injected to it at the Vatican level, large Pentecostal megachurch pastors in Brazil spreading hatred of trans people combined with the lack of non-discrimination laws at the federal and state levels, the Brazilian trans community has been hit with an off the charts level of anti-trans murders, abuse and discrimination.
Brazil’s trans women are still catching hell. And it needs to stop.
While so far here in the US in 2016 after a record setting year of trans murders for us we haven’t had a trans sister killed yet (and I pray it stays that way for a while) that is not the case in Brazil.
In just this month alone, according to Aleika Barros, 40 trans women have been killed in Brazil in January. That is double the number of trans women we lost in the entire US over all of 2015, and unfortunately means that if this pattern continues,by the time we have this year’s TDOR, Brazil will once again lead the world in genocidal levels of violence aimed at trans women living there..
According to Aleika, between 2008 and 2014, 604 Brazilian trans women have been murdered, and sadly, they are on their way to another murderous year. Our trans Brazilian sisters are tired of it, and so am I.
Tomorrow is the Trans Day of Visibility in Brazil, which has been celebrated there on this January 29 date since 2004. This is one Brazilian Trans Day of Visibility in which I hope trans Brazilians will not only emphatically point out that they are citizens of their country whose humanity needs to be recognized, but that their human rights need to be protected at the local, state and national level.
And their murders need to end.
I hope and pray their fellow cisgender Brazilians look into their hearts, join with trans Brazilians and resolve to work in tandem with the Brazilian trans community to bring those unacceptable levels of anti-trans murders to zero.
TransGriot Note: Photos are of Brazilan trans woman Aleika Barros