Trans Future Under Temer (WATCH)

If you’ve been following the chaos that has been the state of Brazilian politics lately, you’ll know that the democratically voted president Dilma Rousseff of the Brazilian Worker’s Party is facing impeachment (which, thanks to new evidence, people are calling a right-wing coup d’état) and that centrist Vice President Michel Temer is now acting as the interim president while the Senate works on the case against Rousseff. If it seems confusing and impossible to understand, don’t worry–it is!

Within the first few days of his ascention to the executive post, Temer and his newly-appointed cis white male cabinet proceeded to toss Brazilian progress back by 50 years, doing away with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Racial Equality, the Ministry of Women, and the Ministry of Human Rights. Temer’s government seems to scream to anyone in doubt that it does not care for it’s most vulnerable groups at the institutional level.

It is a whirlwind of information and politics that has material consequences for people just trying to live their lives.

In this interview, I ask Morgan, a trans artist living and studying in Recife, Pernambuco, about her perspective on the goings on as it relates to trans people. This is what she had to say:


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trigger by Venus Selenite | CQ Interview

venus selenite trigger, poet, artistVenus Selenite, DC-based poet and social critic from Baton Rouge, Louisiana  and self-described lesbiqueer has been in the poetry circuit since her early to mid teens. So it should come as no shock that she’s harnessed everything she’s learned and experienced to focus it into her debut book of poetry: triger.

And yes, the ‘t’ is lowercase, thank you very much. *Nail polish emoji*

A Black nonbinary trans woman who’s words can bring comfort or start fires, Venus agreed to let me conduct this interview on behalf of Contemporary Queer in celebration for trigger’s grand debut! (more…)