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TransAdvocate Brazil: 63 trans people murdered, but change is coming

Updates from the Brazilian division of the Trans Advocate:


The Brazilian Supreme Court approved a policy that would give trans people the ability to correct our legal identification, without having to have surgery. While this policy was decided last March, it wasn’t until June 28th that the National Justice Council approved procedures for updating state identification.

This development can’t come soon enough as Brazil is routinely documented as being one of the most dangerous places for trans and intersex people to live. Since last January, our community has lost 63 trans people to murder while another 15 have survived attempted murder. For us, having corrected identification will not only help us navigate the practical issues of daily life, it will help ensure our physical safety.


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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice sites and, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group.


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