Brazilian Mothers Raise Flags, Stand Beside Transgender and Transvestite Daughters

Stories of mothers standing by their transgender or transvestite children in transition are generally the exception. Expulsion from home and estrangement from family and friends is still the tonic for many LGBTI people in the country.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Coming out of an appointment at the health center of the Várzea neighborhood in Recife, Sydia Fernandes, 53, and her daughter Ana Flor, 24, were approached by a man carrying a Bible under his arm. The man, whom they had never seen before, insisted on addressing Ana Flor as a male.

"My mother wasted no time, she stood in front of me and defended me. She asked what his problem was," she said. " Oh, you want to see me turn into a lioness, you just try mistreating my daughter," says Sydia. "I almost swallowed the . . .

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