Trans Resilience and Storytelling in Latin America - A Conversation with Todxs Nós’ Alice Marcone and TranEmpregos

At WarnerMedia, we believe storytelling can be a powerful vehicle for change, not only in the hearts and minds of our audiences, but also in creating real change for and within our communities.

Throughout Pride month, we have been celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and the progress made over the years - however we must also recognize and focus on the work still to be done tackling discrimination, stigma and the lack of protections for Trans communities across the U.S. and around the world.

In this latest CSR Issue Brief, we turn our focus to Latin America, looking at both the specific challenges facing the Trans Community and how activists, grassroots organizations and storytellers are working to change the narrative and reality for many Trans people in society.

Watch the conversation below and read the full issue brief to learn more, including how you can support the movement.


Note: following Dennis’ introduction, the conversation was conducted in Portuguese with subtitles available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Common Issues Facing Trans People in Latin America

  • Invisibility - trans issues are rarely discussed, studied academically, nor featured in Latin America laws, contributing to an invisibility felt by many in the Trans community. Furthermore, representation in the press and media often tend to reduce Trans people to victims, focusing on the suffering narrative rather than showing the resilience, affection, and opportunity.
  • Employability - For many Trans people, when they reveal their identity, they stop getting jobs, people start looking at them differently, and the doors start to close. The place and occupation where trans people can work is also limited with Trans people restricted only to certain areas of professional activity in which they are accepted.
  • Access to Education - Trans people are regularly confronted by conservative social norms, discrimination and abuse that often limits their access to formal education. One in four transgender people drop out of junior high. Only about a quarter of trans women finish secondary school, and one in five never finish primary school in Latin America. Persecution, disrespect of social names and prejudice all contribute to this exclusion.
  • Violence and transphobia - an everyday reality for many Trans people in Latin America, with the life expectancy for trans women in the region standing between 35 and 41 years old, roughly half that of the general population of the world.

Learn more:

“Stop Killing Us” report on Trans Right in Latin America and the Caribbean

Trans People in Latin America

The Reality and Challenges for the Trans Employability in Latin America

'Unable to learn’ - Transgender schools in Latin America offer a fresh chance

CSR issue brief is a bi-monthly content series produced by WarnerMedia Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), together with partners across the company. Each episode features leaders from philanthropy, journalism, media and business sharing their unique perspectives on big issues facing our world today and opportunities for impact. Watch the previous episode on “Climate Justice” to learn more.