‘Lift this country up’: Trans pioneer Erika Hilton seeks Brazil election win

 | 
09/28/2022

No one does political rags to riches stories quite like Brazil, but even in a nation where the most celebrated president in decades once shined shoes to survive, the story of Erika Hilton takes some beating. The transgender teenager was kicked out of her house aged 14 and spent several years as a sex worker in rural Brazil before reconnecting with her mother and studying teaching and gerontology at university. After involving herself in student politics she moved to São Paulo and joined the leftwing PSOL party. In 2020 became the first trans person elected to the city council, Brazil’s largest. Now, she is running for Congress and seen as very likely to become the first trans member of the Brazilian parliament.

Regions: ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 05/22/2024
05/21/2024
A Donald Trump-appointed federal judge in Alabama has threatened to jail several prominent LGBTQ+ civil rights lawyers involved in a long-running forum-shopping dispute. U.S. …
Added on: 05/22/2024
05/21/2024
A Japanese lesbian couple has been granted refugee status in Canada after enduring discrimination in Japan. Eri, aged in her 30s, and Hana, in …
Added on: 05/22/2024
05/21/2024
Being trans in the Caribbean today is easier than in the past, helped by the visibility and recognition of transgender people in Northern countries, …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 05/19/2024
Sexual diversity activists protested in Peru’s capital in front of the health ministry Friday to demand that the government repeal a decree that characterizes …
Added on: 05/16/2024
Trans, non-binary, and intersex people in Peru are now classified as “mentally ill” following a decree from the government’s health ministry. The decree, signed …
Added on: 05/13/2024
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Luana Salva got her first formal job after years of prostitution, she was ecstatic. A quota law in Argentina …