Jaqueline Gomes de Jesus
The 40-year-old transgender woman is running for state representative in Rio de Janeiro for the Worker’s Party.
The Brazilian psychologist, writer, and activist began her human rights activism in 1997, with “Estructuración”, a Brasilia homosexual group, serving first as secretary and in 1999, became president. During that same period, she worked with government and educational institutions, in fighting prejudice participated in various social movements.
In 2000, she co-founded the Academic Association of Gays, Lesbians and Sympathizers of Brazil, serving as general secretary. Jesus holds an M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Brasília, and a PhD in Social Psychology, Work and Organisations from the same institution and for her work on behalf of black people and LGBTQ, she was awarded the Jesus the Chiquinha Gonzaga Award in 2017.