Transgender candidates made history in Brazil’s general elections over the weekend. Four transgender politicians won their respective races and will soon be seated on city councils across the South American country. This was also the first election in Brazilian history where transgender candidates were not forced to run under their dead names. The recent elections gains were bittersweet and needed as Brazil remains the deadliest place in the world for the trans community.
In Brazil’s capital of Sao Paulo, Erika Hilton and Thammy Miranda won landslide victories in their city council bids. Both were running for one of 55 open seats in the country's largest city, and each was among the top ten candidates in terms of votes received. Hilton, a transgender woman, ran for office with the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and received the most votes of any woman in the race.