THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — On one hand it’s gratifying to see mainstream media’s spotlight on Brazil’s transgender models, bringing positive attention and “normalcy” to the huge number of trans people in that country, while on the other hand, the media is mostly glossing over the sheer number of trans people killed in that country during 2012 — a quick google search brought numbers ranging from 68 to 115. This includes a stoning death (Madona) that I covered earlier this year: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/ten-trans-people-a-month-are-killed-in-brazil-the-stoning-of-madona-is-the-latest/
Following the stoning death, a Brazilian government official said this: ‘Contrary to popular belief, most of the [transgender] murders are not crime of passion at all, but the murderers are people who didn’t know their victims. . . . ‘People here in Brazil think that if they don’t like someone, like a trans person, they have a right to murder.
Yet, we have the media hyping up the emerging Brazilian trans model phenomena with nary a word about real-world conditions for transgender Brazilians:
Rio-based modeling agency 40 Graus Models’ Sergio Mattos: “We are in the 21st century and there is just more tolerance in the air. Here in Brazil we now have gay mayors, gay lawmakers. So why not trans-models? The world has evolved and now discrimination is, thankfully, becoming a thing of the past.”
I don’t know about Mr. Matto’s ‘discrimination becoming a thing of the past” comment, because if you ask me, killing a trans person for being transgender is the ultimate form of discrimination and Brazil had a pretty big number for TDOR 2012.
Brazil’s stoning death of Madona was remembered in my 2012 TDOR list: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/courtney-odonnell-transgender-day-of-remembrance-a-reporters-list/
More about Brazil’s trans models: Transgender models stars in Brazil – SFGate.
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