Portugal’s first shelter for trans migrants produces winner of Brazilian music video award

Determined to pursue her career, Brazilian Aquila Correia used the website GoFundMe to raise 4,000 euros to set up Portugal’s first shelter and creative space for trans migrants, who have since come together to produce an award-winning music video.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After winning several auditions, including for a Madonna video, Aquila Correia was close to realising her dreams in Portugal, after relying on sex work to survive as a transgender migrant.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Correia was evicted, despite a government ban on the eviction of cash-strapped tenants. As an undocumented Black Brazilian without a written contract, Correia had no choice but to pack her bags.

Determined to pursue her career, Correia used the website GoFundMe to raise 4,000 euros (R$26,240) to set up Portugal’s first . . .

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