2020 the year for identity politics in Brazil

Diversity won in Brazil's elections, with more elected officials representing women, black and multiracial people, and the LGBTQI+ community

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Duda Salabert received more votes than any of her competitors. Photo: Lucas Ávila/Div.

Two years after Brazil was swept by a conservative wave that propelled far-right former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, Sunday’s municipal elections were marked by a significant increase in diversity across the board. While the average victorious mayoral candidate remains white married males, Brazil elected the largest number of women, LGBTQI+, black, and multiracial candidates in its history.

Among the marginalized groups that were most successful in Sunday’s vote, much attention has been given to transgender candidates, in what was the first municipal election in which competitors were allowed to register their preferred names on the ballot.

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