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Woubi Cheri Travestis

Woubi Chéri, Ivory Coast

The documentary, Woubi Chéri, focused on the lives of Woubis*, Yossis**, and other members of the Branché*** community in Ivory Coast. The award-winning documentary was featured globally in various film festivals and on a number of documentary platforms.  Shortly after Woubi Chéri’s release, Barbara from L’Association des Travestis de Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast Transvestites Association), …

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1975 – Military Coup Ends “Carnivalesque”, Mozambique

In the early 1970s, Mozambique was still under colonial rule. Then, in April 1974, political upheaval in Lisbon, Portugal resulted in a coup within the Portuguese military and the dictatorship in Portugal was overthrown. This had a ripple effect on the colonies, including Angola and Mozambique. The Lusaka Accord was signed in September of that …

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1950s to late 1970’s – Carnivals:A Safe Space For Travestis, Crossdressers And Queer Performers In Mozambique 

While cross-dressing, queerness, homosexuality, and all forms of LGBTIQ+ identities as known today were not widely accepted in day-to-day life in Mozambique, during the 1950s through the 1960s to the mid-1970s, the annual Carnival, which had been taking place from the 1950s, provided an opportunity for [male] femininity, cross-dressing, and queer performances.  There was no …

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