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Transgender Survival in Brazil

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By Alinne Lopes GomesTransgender survival in Brazil and the lack of mechanisms of support to overcome institutional violence. 




“Data by the LGBT National Union puts an average of 35 years of life to a trans person.”
The life expectation can be caused by a series of factors born from an institutional disparity and prejudice against these individuals. Being transgender in Brazil means having to face several difficulties not suffered by most of the population living closer to the heteronormative behavior. The social structure in Brazilian society is not yet equipped to cater to these needs and struggles; the laws, public policies and the shape of the health, education and social security systems are not designed to welcome transsexual and transvestite citizens.  Trans rights are a basic pillar of human rights and a fundamental principle of sexual dignity. The public health care system and the normative instruments created to empower its actions lack the understanding of the transsexual rea…

Lack of Female Representation in Legislation

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By Alinne Lopes Gomes

Women in Brazil and the lack representation on the Brazilian Legislative branch of government. 

LGBT and Judicial Interference in Legislation

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By Alinne Lopes Gomes
“In Brazil, the change of the family name is only possible under very specific circumstances; the law understands that, whenever possible, the last name must be conserved. The first name, however, is subjected to less restrictions. According to the art. 56 Public Records Law (LPR), a person can legally change their first name in the following year after they reach civil adulthood. Currently, the age is 18.”

There are available in the country a few specific mechanisms with restricted reach that verse on the right of the use of the social name. The right of a name is a basic constitutional principle that guarantees personality and individualization of a person. The denial of the appropriated name based on gender identity can lead to several identity problems; subjecting a transgender person to being referred to by the assigned civil name is an aggression to their perception as a human being.  One of the best-known authors specialized in Civil Law, Professor Caio M├íri…