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São Paulo’s First Black Trans Councilwoman Defies Barriers

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - (AFP) As she steps into the staid chamber of São Paulo's city council, the first black trans woman elected to the municipal legislature is well aware of the dangers before her.

"Brazil is a racist, homophobic and transphobic country, and I'm all that in one," says Erika Hilton.

The 27-year-old activist-turned-politician is paying her first-ever visit to the chamber she was elected to in a landslide on November 15, a breakthrough vote for Latin America's biggest city.

Hilton won the most votes of any woman in Brazil . . .

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