Geração Tombamento is the way we call today the new generation of Afro-descendent women and LGBTQIs (mostly). After having access in public Universities for the first time in Brazilian history, this youth is requesting their existence and empowerment through a self remarked visual presence all over the country. Mostly formed by the black “invisible” youth from suburbs, they accumulate all representative minorities: gender, sexual, economic and racial ones.
Brazil lived a significant social inclusion in these last 15 years. Among the million ones who could get out of poverty, many young Brazilians, mostly coming from the suburbs and Afro-descendants, had finally the opportunity to enter Universities through the help of social politics. The entrance in University brought them a strong self-esteem and conscience of their place in society. The social politics for low rent students are failing to be cut soon, as the right wing is now on Presidency. The Party in power now and its followers are openly declaring violence against these minorities. Some politic murders and violence are already happening in the country.
Also, the recently statistics denounced that each hour around 500 women are aggressed, being the black women from 16-25 years the ones who are touched in double; Everyday day, one person issue from LGBT is murdered in the country. In 2017 the violence against LGBT persons raised 30% in Brazil.
Due to the raising violence against Afro-women and LGBT persons, to keep their expressions free and existants, the youth from Tombamento gather in underground parties and organise afro-feminists manifestations; The parties allow them to be able to express their sexuality and have fun without risks. Inspired by AfroPunk gatherings in US, the Afro-Brazilian women and LGBT from Tombamento, claim for their space in Brazilian society, for their existence and feel the right to express their ideas freely.
I've been working in this unprecedented Story for 20 days, in Sao Paulo and Salvador, this last August 2018. The Afro LGBT and Women situation in Brazil was already impregnated by violence and discrimination. Although, it was a relief to see a social conscience from their part while questioning and affirming the importance of African culture in the country at the same time fighting for their freedom to exist while representative minorities. The Afro descendants are the majority in Brazilian society, but still the less represented politically.
This is an unprecedented Story and it is very urgent and significant publishing this Story soon for this generation - who have been aggressed and submitted for centuries -are now even more vulnerable as the next extreme right wing government in power. This new government is openly contesting the rights for LGBT and women and afro-descendants, with a new economical politics who will also low down the income for the disfavoured class.