Cartoonist goes to court to have the right to use women’s bathroom in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(FOLHA DE S.PAULO -01/27/2012)
Laertes, who dresses as a woman, was reprimanded for going to the toilet in women’s Pizzeria.
On a Tuesday night, a lady enters the ladies room of the Royal Pizzeria and Snack Bar, in West side of Sao Paulo. She wears a Jeans skirt, a female striped blouse, pantyhose and sandals.
Moments later, it is forbidden to return to the bathroom by the owner of the establishment. Reason: a client, the daughter of ten years, recognized the lady of the cartoonist to be Laerte Coutinho, 60, who dresses as a woman for three years.
She complained to Renato Cunha, 19, a partner at the pizzeria. Cunha complained to Laerte . Laerte complained on Twitter. And so began the controversy.
The case arrived yesterday at the State Department of Justice.
The state coordinator of policies for sexual diversity, Heloisa Alves, called and told Laerte: They can claim their rights. She said the house struck 10.948/2001 state law on discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Prohibited from entering the ladies room, even though the clothes of a woman embedded in everyday, Laerte says he intends to trigger the law.
Laert says that, warned by the owner, tried to argue with the customer. “So I went and played for my character and Muriel said, but I’m operated! And she said, but it’s not what you say so.”
Laerte, who defines themselves as someone “with dual citizenship,” says he started to use the ladies room after joining the crossdressing (dress as the opposite sex) and “consolidate” as a transvestite, but has no specific preference for a bathroom . “It’s a matter of context, as I am on the day. not even want to have a rule not to give up my right,” said the cartoonist, who, at the request of the Leaf, created a comic strip about the case.
Cunha, a partner at the pizzeria, said that he knew of “dual citizenship” of the cartoonist or the case would generate controversy.
“I did not know what was crossdressing. There was confusion, and in the end I made that mistake of saying: if you can use the men’s room, please.” He says he repented of the request.
Yesterday, the ban has generated comments and shared social network users. The discussion has gained support among associations of transvestites and transsexuals.
According to Adriana Galvao, Chairman of the Committee on Sexual Diversity and Combating Homophobia OAB-SP, there is no specific law on the subject.
Cartunista vai à Justiça para ter direito de usar banheiro feminino - FOLHA DE S.PAULO -27/01/2012
Laerte, que se veste de mulher, foi repreendido por ir ao toalete feminino em pizzaria
Em uma noite de terça, uma senhora entra no banheiro feminino da Real Pizzaria e Lanchonete, na zona oeste de São Paulo. Ela veste uma minissaia jeans, uma blusa feminina listrada, meia-calça e sandália.
Momentos depois, é proibida de voltar ao banheiro pelo dono do estabelecimento. Motivo: uma cliente, com a filha de dez anos, reconheceu na senhora o cartunista da Folha Laerte Coutinho, 60, que se veste de mulher há três anos.
Ela reclamou com Renato Cunha, 19, sócio da pizzaria. Cunha reclamou com Laerte. Laerte reclamou no Twitter. E assim começou a polêmica.
O caso chegou ontem à Secretaria da Justiça do Estado.
A coordenadora estadual de políticas para a diversidade sexual, Heloísa Alves, ligou para Laerte e avisou: ele pode reivindicar seus direitos. Segundo ela, a casa feriu a lei estadual 10.948/2001, sobre discriminação por orientação sexual ou identidade de gênero.
Proibido de entrar no banheiro feminino, mesmo tendo incorporado as roupas de mulher ao dia a dia, Laerte diz que pretende acionar a lei.
Ele conta que, avisado pelo dono, tentou argumentar com a cliente. “Até brinquei e passei para a minha personagem Muriel e disse: mas sou operado! E ela: mas não é o que você diz por aí.”
Laerte, que se define como alguém “com dupla cidadania”, diz que passou a usar o banheiro feminino após aderir ao crossdressing (vestir-se como o sexo oposto) e se “consolidar” como travesti, mas não tem preferência por um banheiro específico.”É uma questão de contexto, de como estou no dia. Não quero nem ter uma regra nem abrir mão do meu direito”, disse o cartunista, que, a pedido da Folha, criou uma tirinha sobre o caso.
Cunha, o sócio da pizzaria, diz que não sabia da “dupla cidadania” do cartunista nem que o caso iria gerar polêmica.
“Eu nem sabia o que era crossdressing. Houve a confusão, e no final eu cometi esse erro de falar: se o senhor puder usar o banheiro masculino, por favor.” Ele diz que se arrependeu do pedido.
Ontem, a proibição gerou comentários e dividiu usuários das redes sociais. A discussão ganhou apoio entre associações de travestis e transexuais.
Segundo Adriana Galvão, presidente da Comissão da Diversidade Sexual e Combate à Homofobia da OAB-SP, não há lei específica sobre o tema.
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A few days ago a friend photographed the Walk Youth Thematic Social Forum in Brazil, there are many gays and supporters who waved the flag and screaming looking for equality, respect and peace. She photographed one of the boys, happy, jumping and dancing named William Santos.
William Santos was brutally beatend in the last five days by a group of homophobes. (In the photo that she made him the day after the walk and violence)
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