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Transgender

Last year was the most violent year for the transgender community in history. Anti-trans violence, especially violence against transwomen of color is becoming increasingly prevalent around the globe. To make matters worse, many countries are passing draconian laws barring trans-people from legally changing their identities and living as the person they truly are.

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Meet Geena and Mikee: Geena is a transgender model and activist from the Philippines. She came out with her transgender status during a TED talk in 2014 which has over 2.5 million views. With her notoriety, Geena has dedicated herself to standing up for the rights of transgender people around the world. Mikee is a transgender activists and serves as the trans secretariat of ILGA (The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association).

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A Closer Look

Click and drag the slider function below to see how criminalization affects the LGBTI communities in different countries.

Brazil

Brazil is the most violent country in the world for transgender people.

Philippines

No comprehensive laws exist to protect the transgender community from discrimination.

More About Brazil

Although Brazil has been praised as a progressive world leader in the push for LGBTI rights, it is marked by an incredibly high record of hate crimes and discrimination against the LGBTI community, especially transgender women of color.

In just the first month of 2016, over 50 transgender people were murdered in Brazil.

It is estimated that the life expectancy for trans-people in Brazil is around 30 years old, while the average Brazilian lives to age 75.

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Sao Paulo's annual Gay Pride Parade on May 4, 2014. This year's parade called for the criminalization of discrimination of members of the LGBT community, as well as the approval of the Gender Identity Bill, guaranteeing simplified legal recognition of transgendered people.
Revellers pose at the conclusion of the annual LGBT Gay Pride parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT community.

More About Philippines

The trans-community is visible and generally accepted in the Philippines. Transgender beauty pageants are commonplace across the country.

However, transgender people still face widespread discrimination and lack legal protections to ensure their safety.

Geraldine Roman, a transgender woman from the Bataan province of the Philippines, recently was elected to Congress making her the first transgender person elected to public office.

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Geraldine Roman talking to supporters during a campaign trip in April, 2016. Roman recently became the first transgender person elected to public office.
Contestant Trixie Maristela of Philippines is kissed by runner-ups as she was crowned winner of the Miss International Queen 2015 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya.
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