They are non-existent for public power, face prejudice in the workplace, are victims of physical and moral violence and are often not accepted within the family. To combat the taboo present in society regarding the homosexual orientation of women, the 29 of August was established like National Day of the Visibility Lesbian.
Lesbian researcher Bianca Chella, in an interview at TVT’s Seu Jornal studios, reports that the invisibility of the lesbian population persists even in academic circles. According to her, even in the area of sexual health, there is a lack of research aimed at the lesbian public who, through misinformation, is more vulnerable to all kinds of prejudice and even diseases.
She says that since the age of 15, she began to go deeper into the subject, producing articles and translating texts that helped guide women. “I felt a great lack of materials and spaces so that I could feel comfortable talking to other lesbians and understanding what sexuality is.” At the age of 15, I began to dig deeper, produce materials, translate. women, because I do not want them to go through the same things that I went through and that others certainly have passed too, “says Bianca.
She also reports the prejudice she has suffered, including in the family circle. “From the moment you take over, or your family begins to realize that you are a lesbian, you are already beginning to suffer violence, psychological or physical. The prejudice that we suffer within the family is very great. the people at home. ”
At work the situation is no different. In addition, lesbians who seek psychological counseling are often impelled to bisexuality or heterosexuality, another demonstration of prejudice, says the researcher.
As a strategy for survival, solidarity and information, networks of protection and mutual support seek to secure shelter and professional opportunities for lesbian women. Bianca cites, as an example, the experience of InfoPreta, a technology company created by the activist Buh D’Angelo, which employs only black women, LGBT, transsexuals and transvestites.