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Prejudice against women and sexual orientation go together, says expert

“Being homosexual and being a woman in Brazilian society is a double marker that carries a double oppression”, evaluated the founder and manager of Gestão Kairós, Liliane Rocha. Female, black and lesbian, she is also a diversity consultant.

In an interview with CNN On the radio, Liliane Rocha said that commemorative dates such as Lesbian Pride Day, which takes place this Friday (19), serve to bring up themes that are invisible in everyday life.

“It’s being able to talk about security, access to the job market, visibility in the entertainment industry, and equity in general”, he pointed out.

According to the expert, much of the stigmatization directed at lesbian women is the result of stereotypes. “Until recently, the search for the word ‘lesbian’ on Google brought up content, in large numbers, associated with pornography”, she exemplified.

“Today, as much as new informational content is produced, this connotation of hypersexualization continues to exist.”

In addition to the stereotype of gender and homosexuality, there is still the stereotype of race, class, disability and others, according to Liliane Rocha. “The more markers we place, the greater the invisibility and prejudice in general.”

Another point is the relationship between femininity and/or masculinity with homosexual women, “as if the lesbian must necessarily have a more masculine expression. This is not true”, according to the consultant.

“People often have a hard time understanding a homosexual woman’s right to express herself in a variety of ways.”

Regarding the scope of the discussion of the agendas of the LGBTQIAP+ community, Liliane Rocha believes that there have been advances. “Until the 1960s, even talking about female sexuality was taboo. Today we talk about lesbian, trans, non-binary women,” she recalled.

However, the expert indicated that the data on murders of homosexual women are still alarming. “It is necessary to find a balance between the celebration of advances and awareness so that we can advance even further where we need to.”

Regarding ways to seek support, Liliane Rocha bets on Dial 180, the Women’s Assistance Center, in the knowledge of the Maria da Penha Law and, if necessary, in search of municipal social assistance.

Source: CNN Brasil

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