The realization of what was expected

It was the first time that producers had admitted a transsexual to participate in the Brazilian offshoot of the Big Brother Show circus. For most it was just another trick to provoke good ratings but for some in Brazilian public it had also been a proof how far homophopia has really –if at all - decreased and how open a debate on transsexuality and transsexuals in Brazil could really be. The result was explicit:
Ariadna Thalia, 26, got voted out of the house as the first of all 17 participants with the devastating amount of 49 % of the people that had called in to cast their vote.

It sure was not because of Ariadna’s behaviour and character, which could have been described as rather humble and quiet – certainly the complete opposite of what most people had as their stereotype on Trans-people so far.

She got voted out as the first - the realization of what was expected.
A comment on a Brazilian blog says: “It was idiotic of her to participate in a homophobic program with a homophobic audience.”

And true. After Ariadna had to leave the house, homophobic remarks and mischievousness kept on.

The statement of a Facebook Community created to protest against her early elimination says: “ It is the victory of prejudice, and the general fear of contact with everything that does not conform to that are rules based on nothing.”


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SFChris hat gesagt…

Yes, it's true: Being out and being visible has a cost. A high cost, often times. I know that cost. My parents completely disowned me for being bisexual 6 years ago and we haven't spoken since. That said, as any accountant will tell you: Every debit has a credit. For the individual that cost may well be negative, but for the class of people represented it trends positive in the long arc of history. Let me explain. Everyone needs to hang their martyrs on something. It's specific instances of injustice that you can hang them on and idolize them for their rightful actions. Martin Luther King said in 1965 that one of the things he regretted was not targeting specific injustices rather than injustices in general, which ultimately get no traction. Lunch counters and buses. Jail time. It's a sliver in the public mind that agitates and seeks a remedy. For us in the now, it's 1st round elimination on Big Brother Brasil 2011. It's like swimming, you need to be able to push against resistance or you'll make no headway. Be glad someone is willing to take the other ignorant side since evasion and nondiscussion are what has kept Thailand from having any significant LGBT laws on the books as compared to much of the rest of the developed world. Morn the loss here but also celebrate the future victory that this represents. We have the better arguments rooted in the sciences where the detractors have nothing but parochial prejudices to fall back on. Know hope.