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Monique, Karlesa, and Wanessa, October 2006.

Monique, Karlesa, and Wanessa, October 2006.


Transgender people in Brazil are the country's single most marginalized group. Fear, ignorance, and hypocrisy lead to discrimination and lack of education, which in turn render transgender people subject to violence, social exclusion, drug abuse, crime, prostitution, exploitation, and severe health risks, each of which results in further discrimination.

The photographs that illustrate this presentation were created in São Paulo by Barry Michael Wolfe. The names in the photo captions are called "artistic names" in Brazil. Brazilian transsexuals, who generally prefer to be called transvestites, choose their artistic names and use them in preference to their birth names.

The text that appears on a slide may not characterize or refer to the person or people in the accompanying photograph.

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Copyright © 2007 glbtq, Inc. and Barry Michael Wolfe.

 
Read More about the Transsexuals of Brazil
 
social sciences >> Transsexuals of Brazil
Transgender people--more specifically, people who were born male but present themselves as female--are Brazil's single most marginalized group.
 
 
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social sciences >> Brazil
A notably diverse country, Brazil is also home to one of the world's most dynamic glbtq political movements.

 
social sciences >> São Paulo
Despite social and economic problems, Rio de Janeiro has long been a fun-filled gay and lesbian mecca.
 
social sciences >> Sex Work and Prostitution: Female
Sex work has long been the last resort of desperate women and girls, but more recently some women--including some lesbians--have been drawn to the profession by a renegade ideology of sexual liberation.

 
social sciences >> Transgender
"Transgender" has become an umbrella term representing a political alliance between all gender variant people who do not conform to social norms for typical men and women and who suffer political oppression as a result.

 
social sciences >> Transgender Activism
Since the late nineteenth century, transgendered people have advocated legal and social reforms that would ameliorate the kinds of oppression and discrimination they suffer.
 

 
 

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