“Traveco, viadinho and piranha”: Session of the Chamber of

Councilwoman Benny Briolly (Psol) of the municipality of Niterói, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, claims to have been the target of transphobic attacks last Wednesday (17) during a session of the City Council that voted on the bill, authored by Parliament, which establishes 2% quotas for trans people in public examinations by the city hall. The PL was rejected by the House plenary by 13 votes to seven.

The confusion began when the councilor presented data from the NGO Transgender Europe (TGEU) showing that Brazil is the country that kills the most transsexuals in the world. During his speech, Benny was offended by supporters of Councilor Douglas Gomes (PTC) who claimed that the information presented by the parliamentarian was misleading.

“During my speech, when I presented data on Brazilian transphobia, the cries and cursing of the Pocketnalists interrupted me. I was called “traveco”, “viadinho” and “piranha”. It was very violent!”, says Councilwoman Benny.

According to Benny, the creation of PL 2% arose from the need to repair the trajectory of the trans community, which is marked by unemployment and vulnerability that, consequently, lead these people to informal work and marginalization. The author of the Benny Briolly bill is the most voted councilor in the city and the first transvestite councilor in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Read more: Murders of trans people increased by 41% in 2020

On his social networks, councilor Douglas Gomes celebrated the defeat of the PL and claimed that he was also offended, being called a “shit fascist” by the parliamentarian. He even ordered the arrest of a supporter of the councilor during the session.

Transphobia kills

The data presented by the parliamentarian are true. The country remains for the thirteenth year in a row as the most dangerous place for a transgender person to live.

According to a survey by the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) project of the NGO Transgender Europe (TGEU), released yesterday (18), at least 125 transvestites, trans men and women were murdered due to their gender identity between October 2020 and September 2021 in Brazil.

::40% of transfeminicide cases in the world occur in Brazil::

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Jaqueline Deister

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