Unfortunately, I’m an exception.
Words by Rosa Luz
I am a transgender woman from Brazil and I am an artist. I study History of Art at University of Brasília. Unfortunately, I am one of the few exceptions. Brazil kills one person of the LGBT community every 28 hours. When I was in the UK some people used to call me an ALIEN. Every day someone tries to objectify my body. Sorry for my English, I’ve learned by watching tv series when I was a troubled teenager. Decolonized. ABOUT 90% of transgender & transvestite people in Brazil are p r o s t i t u t e s, selling our bodies to survive since most of us are expelled from our home, our families, from school, SO SOMETIMES job opportunities seem like a distant dream.
BUT WE NEED TO STAY TOGETHER!
WE NEED TO FIGHT AGAINST PATRIARCHY, MACHISMO, RACISM, TRANSPHOBIA AND MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY OTHERPHOBIAS
A TRANSGENDER WOMAN IS NOT AN ALIEN
Last summer, in the UK, I stopped talking for 16 days going around and wearing a wedding dress as a METAPHORICAL RESPONSE TO ALL THE VIOLENCE HAPPENING AGAINST LGBT PEOPLE in Brazil.
If a transgender woman wants a neovagina and doesn’t have any money, she will have to wait about 10 YEARS at LeAsT, if she’s LuCkY. Otherwise we need to pay to pay to pay to pay to pay to pay to pay to
I AM TIRED TO BE TREATED AS SHIT. WE DON’T NEED THAT, WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO RESPECT OUR BODIES AND OURSELVES AND STOP TAKING SHIT FROM dearwhiteconservativetransphobic PEOPLE. OUR LIVES MATTER, WE MATTER, SO WE SHOULD AND WE CAN AND WE ARE ALREADY OCCUPYING PLACES LIKE UNIVERSITIES, BANKS, MUSEUMS, HOSPITALS, ETC.
l a n g u a g e shouldn’t be a b a r r i e r.
THEY STOLE FROM PINDORAMA. and Brazil used to be called as this. POW POW.
OUR BODIES ARE MEMORIES TOO, SO WE SHOULDN’T FORGET ABOUT THE PAST, OUR SCARS, BUT LEARN FROM THEM.
do you like roses?
If I want to keep feeling pleasure I need to self-medicate myself otherwise public hospitals KILL our right to feel pleasure pleasure pleasure? I’ve started hormone replacement treatment a few days ago. MY BODY MY RULES MY BODY SCREAMS TALKS OUR BODIES BELONG TO US AND NO ONE ELSE YOUR BODY IT’S YOURS IT’S YOUR RULES FORGET DON’T FORGET THAT it seems pretty obvious what I am sayinnnnn right? R U SURE?
SELVÁTICA | AXÉ | ALÁFIA
With the highest rate of violence against the trans community we BLEED. “Brazil: Targeting trans people with impunity” “Images of transgender prisoner whose face was ‘pulverized’ by the police after they stripped her and shaved her head spark outrage in Brazil”. Juliana, Anne, Veronica, Carla, Jessica, Rowan, Maria, Rosa…
WHEN PEOPLE ASK WHAT ARE MY PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I FUCKING SMILE AND SAY ‘IDK’, but what I really imagine is a picture of myself saying “hi, today is my birthday, I am 31”. Most of us don’t live past our thirties.
Last summer in the UK I restarted talking on July 18th – the day of my birthday – MY 1ST BIRTHDAY AS ROSA after my silent period as grief.
Rosa Luz has always existed. she is an energy, my energy
I just screamed that to the world as a savage wolf that I am
I am a monster, not an ALIEN.
I am a transgender woman, not an ALIEN
I am a woman.
Monster is what they used to call me
They think it is bad but
Being a monster is my empowerment
Who are they?
You know who they are!
WOMEN, WE KNOW THE LONG PATH WE’VE WALKED!
WE KNOW THE CROSSES WE USED TO CARRY!
LET’S BURN THEM.
I am a transgender women living in Brazil and studying at University and UNFORTUNATELY I AM AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE!