Brazil Hosts First Transgender Beauty Contest

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The night before Halloween, LGBT history was made in South America. Men and women gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first transgender beauty pageant. While the transgender community is often the target of hate crimes in the country—just last week a transwoman was stoned to death—the pageant’s goal was to advance the visibility of the community. “This contest is key for the visibility of us. We transgender woman suffer a lot from prejudice and discrimination, whether we are pretty or not, rich or poor,” said one contestant. Huffpo

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