August 11 was marked by the election of the first transvestite president of the Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians, Transsexuals and Transsexuals. The 38-year-old Symmy Larrat was elected to chair ABGLT.
Symmy has a background in LGBT activism and currently serves as secretary of the LGBT National Secretary of the Workers’ Party (PT). In a video after the election, the president spoke on behalf of ABGLT, which brings together 286 LGBT entities in the country.
“For the first time a woman, a transvestite, occupies this space that was previously occupied by the fellow men. With this election, ABGLT compares with a new process. That we will not compromise with any kind of oppression, with machismo, that we will fight against transphobia and all forms of violence against sexual orientation and gender identity, “he said.
Symmy’s trajectory is long: she was the first transvestite to act as general coordinator for the Promotion of LGBT Rights of the Presidency’s Office of Human Rights, as well as coordinating the Transcrimeship program, designed to encourage the inclusion of transvestites and transsexuals in school.