Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Brazilian Trans Community Embraces Hit Soap Opera 'Edge Of Desire'
Currently we get to see the lovely Amiyah Scott on the FOX show Star, Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black and Doubt, Trace Lysette on Transparent, and Rain Valdez on Lopez.
Several of the Edge of Desire supporting characters are trans persons once they step out of the studio for taping.
The soap has the most watched Brazilian newscast as a lead in, and is created and written by Gloria Perez.
"The soap opera is a reflection of Brazilian society at any given moment," she said.. Perez also wanted to create a transgender character that viewers would feel empathy for and also start a conversation in a nation that had 144 trans murders last year.
"I thought it was time to talk about it," said Perez.
Perez has succeeded in creating a character viewers have empathy for. The Brazil trans community believes that this is the most accurate and nuanced fictional portrayal of their lives ever in Brazilian media.
And they along with the 50 million viewers watching the show have followed every moment of Ivan's transition from the conversation with her mother after Ivan cut his hair, his increasingly tense home life to the employment discrimination and attacks from strangers he faced while out and about in Brazilian society.
Here's hoping there's a dual happy ending not only for Ivan, but for the Brazilian trans community.