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Brazillian Queer Self-Defense

$270 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 17 days
Created November 30, 2018
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION

“Extravasa: defesa pessoal” is a self-defense project that offers courses, lectures, and workshops free of charge to LGBTT people in Florianópolis (Brazil). Focusing on strategies for surviving different scenarios, this initiative brings information and techniques specifically designed for people facing structural violence. Although it was initially conceived as part of a series of self defense classes targeting vulnerable communities, “Extravasa: defesa pessoal” aspires to become a weekly activity with the ultimate goal of promoting the formation of autonomous self defense affinity groups in town.

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FUNDING GOALS

Since this is a non-profit initiative, participants will not be charged, but there is limited vacancy, since the project is housed by ADEH  in downtown Florianópolis. Our goal is to raise $2,000 to cover the expenses of classes, workshops and lectures taught by instructors Roberto Silva and Sérgio Raulino.  The Center for a Stateless Society will be acting as the fundraising body and matching an initial $250 in donations.

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BACKSTORY

Brazil is the country with the highest rate of travesti/trans* murders. In 2017 we were responsible for 52% of the deaths registered by International Transgender Europe (TGEU): 179 travesti/trans* people were murdered in 2017.  Alarmingly, the new political scenario is contributing to a further rise of violence against vulnerable populations.

(Note: Travesti is a Latin-American identity in the transfeminine spectrum.)

In Florianópolis (Santa Catarina) an estimated 70 cases of gender violence are registered monthly. Most of them aren’t officially registered in police reports, not only because survivors fear facing more institutional violence, but also because gender violence is not considered a hate crime in Brazil. According to Lirous (trans woman, coordinator of ADEH - Associação em Defesa dos Direitos Humanos - and president of Fórum da Diversidade Grande Florianópolis) police departments send victims of gender violence to ADEH instead of filing police reports:

“We suffer violence every day. The proof of this is the cases that we take in here. Here we welcome not only to low income people, we welcome the general population, especially in the summer, when the number of cases triple. And still we have a lot of tourists coming here [to ADEH] to be cared for because the police department sends them straight to us. Before making a police report, they send them here [saying]: “The place for gay people is ADEH”.” (25:57)

After and during this year’s election there was an exponential rise in the number of aggressions against LGBTT people due to the general population’s alignment with transphobic and homophobic discourse disseminated by the newly elected extreme right-wing, Evangelical, and ex-military president Bolsonaro, who openly remarks: “Yes, I am homophobic, and very proud of it ”, “I would rather have a son killed in an accident than a homosexual son” and “I won’t combat or discriminate, but if I see two men kissing in the streets, I will beat them up.” As a result of the institutional endorsement of such practices, during the elections an alarming number of LGBTT people got harassed, beat up and even murdered by attackers chanting Bolsonaro’s name .

Taking into account the fact that Santa Catarina was the State that most voted for Bolsonaro in the first round of the elections and witnessing the rise of gender violence in Florianópolis, Lirous established a partnership with Sérgio Raulino, who is the coordinator of “Functional Self Defense” workshops. Together they are leading “Extravasa: defesa pessoal”, which is an initiative to teach self defense techniques free of charge to LGBTT people and to promote the formation of autonomous self defense affinity groups. The project will provide a total of 6 classes starting December, but needs funding in order to establish itself as a regular activity.
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$270 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 17 days
Created November 30, 2018
C4SS
Funds raised will benefit:
The Molinari Institute (Center for a Stateless Society)
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