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Despite advances, Brazil is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ

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Traffic lights modified ahead of the São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

Earlier this year, Brazil passed radical legislation allowing trans individuals to use their social names –the names which they are known by, rather than those on their birth certificates – on identity cards without first undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The move, which came after concentrated mobilization efforts from the trans community, has been widely praised. “This was a huge advance for the LGBTQ population that we were able to make in the Supreme Court,” said Dr. Gisele Alessandra Schmidt e Silva, a member of the Brazilian Lawyers’ Association’s sexual and gender diversity commission and a recent speaker at Brazil...

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