“Casa Nem” in Copacabana is sanctuary for Rio’s transgender and LGBT

Transgender people in Brazil are vulnerable: Brazil has the highest murder rate for transgender people in the world. In Rio de Janeiro, just a few hundred meters from the iconic beaches of Copacabana, Casa Nem offers them a safe haven.

Text by Kees Rottinghuis / Fotos by Jonathan Alpeyrie

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Casa Nem a party is being prepared, so the house is bustling. Everybody is getting dressed or helping somebody else. But this is not your average party. Casa Nem is a home for LGBT in Rio: mainly trans people live there. So, bras are stuffed, and some extra make-up is applied. Together they can party safely.

The need for such a home in Brazil is evident. Although data is patchy, according to the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals, last year 163 trans people were killed . . .

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