• Nathália Cristina Ribeiro

How far are we all the same?

Updated: May 18, 2021

Brazil is known as a welcoming and friendly country. However, it is the first that most kill transsexual people for the 12th consecutive year. The count doesn't match! The life expectancy of the Brazilian population is around 75 years. In contrast, the transsexual population is only 35 years old.

The ministry of women, the family, and human rights says it engages in combating homophobia, facing violence against vulnerable groups. However, last month at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo, a Law Project intended to prohibit advertisement with LGBTQIA+ people. It would make this population invisible, perpetuating the culture of erasure and discriminating the right to exist of LGBTQIA+ people.

Historically, gender and sexuality are socio-political guidelines. However, the naturalisation of compulsory heterosexuality still plays a fundamental role in the hierarchy and oppression of deviant sexualities. Fighting for democracy, feminist movements, and LGBTQIA+ promote public policy creation for the right of the (r) existence of black and LGBTQIA+ people. However, inequalities remain enormous; in a country where more than 56% of the black population and 52% of women, municipal councils continue with white majorities (55%) and men (88%). In resistance and persistence, more than 90 people from the LGBTQIA+ community were elected in municipal elections, a historical record with a more than 300% increase in 2020.

In a country that intolerance and inequality triumph, on May 17, it draws attention to the violence, discrimination, and prejudice suffered by the LGBTQIA+ population. The day was chosen because in 1990, on that date, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the international disease list.

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