From trans to eternity: João W. Nery and trans identity as a right in Brazil

From trans to eternity: João W. Nery and trans identity as a right in Brazil

Quick description

Hey, friends! It's Pride Month everywhere and Larissa has finally been able to do an episode on the date of something! This week we talk about João W. Nery, trans activist in Brazil and first man to receive gender confirmation there, and his importance in ensuring the rights of trans people to have access to adequate identification that doesn't misidentify them.

As always, we'd like to thank Uoster Zielinski for our graphic design and all the essential workers out there, keeping us safe. A special thanks to all who have fought and are fighting for LGBTQI+ rights all over the world.

Show notes

João W. Nery – Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre

Our show notes are pretty straight forward today and you can find all links to sources below. João W. Nery represents the fight for one's own identity and the right to be who they are, even if that means denying yourself access to your achievements, such as a college degree. He worked construction and other manual labour jobs, which are severely underpaid in Brazil, with no labour rights. He also once stated he was a "guinea pig", given that there are so few health studies for trans people and he dared to be the first for so many. <o:p></o:p>

Most of us will never know the pain of look at the mirror or ID card and not seeing ourselves reflected there. It's because we have the privilege of not knowing this pain that we have to stand up for the people who are being ignored and made invisible by the state.

João W. Nery, by Pablo Saborido/CLAUDIA  

Primeiro homem trans operado no Brasil, João Nery diz ser ‘cobaia para a medicina’ – Jornal O Debate MA

“Ninguém dá emprego para trans", diz escritor João Nery | Geral

Gender Identity or João W. Nery Bill

Vitória Trans: STF garante efeitos do PL João Nery | Jornalistas Livres

Morre João W. Nery, primeiro trans a ser operado no Brasil - Jornal O Globo

Transgender no longer recognised as 'disorder' by WHO - BBC News