‘We feel welcome now’: Brazilians of all kinds greet Lula as he takes office

‘We feel welcome now’: Brazilians of all kinds greet Lula as he takes office
‘We feel welcome now’: Brazilians of all kinds greet Lula as he takes office

Brazilian drag queen Salete Campari has come to toast her country’s new era dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

“I feel fabulously happy,” said the activist and performer as she posed for selfies outside Brazil’s presidential palace awaiting the arrival of the country’s new president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

“Now the LGBTQIA+ community in Brazil can feel free because we have a president who respects diversity. It’s so important. Everyone is welcome now,” Campari said.

“No one was welcome under this man,” she added of Lula’s proudly prejudiced predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, whose political demise provided a long-awaited moment of redemption for the country’s marginalized minorities. , as well as its black majority.

During Bolsonaro’s four-year rule, the presidential palace was occupied by a predominantly white male assembly of politicians and military officials, many of whom were unabashed about their disdain for indigenous and traditional black communities, favela dwellers and members of the Brazilian civil rights movement.

“The minority must bow to the majority,” Bolsonaro said.

But as Lula, 77, arrived to take office on Sunday, the magnificent marble ramp leading to the palace was hemmed in by a mix of citizens representing one of the most socially and racially diverse nations.

Lula supporters wave a Brazilian flag during the presidential inauguration ceremony in Brasilia. Photo: Myke Sena/Getty Images

“I saw trans men and women, transvestites, drag queens, people with disabilities… there were Afro-Brazilian pastors, priests and religious leaders,” said black favela activist Rene Silva, who was among the crowd.

“I saw the Brazil that I know. We could see each other,” Silva added. “I felt at home.”

Bolsonaro boycotted the ceremony, having flown to the United States the day before the inauguration, allowing Lula to use the symbolic passing of the presidential sash to underscore his desire to build an inclusive and tolerant nation.

Many onlookers, including Silva, cried as the new president walked up the ramp flanked by eight representatives of Brazilian diversity and struggle, including revered indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, a disabled influencer and a steelworker. The scarf was given to Lula by garbage collector and black activist Aline Sousa.

“It’s a historic moment,” said Douglas Belchior, a civil rights leader from the Black Coalition for Rights group who was there.

Lula has injected similar diversity into his new administration in a bid to bring Brazil’s 215 million people back into the fold after minorities were weeded out from Bolsonaro’s tumultuous era.

“I will govern for all, looking towards our bright common future rather than in a rear-view mirror of division and intolerance,” Lula told tens of thousands of supporters who gathered to hear him speak.

One of Brazil’s most famous black intellectuals, Silvio Almeida, will lead Lula’s human rights ministry, replacing radical evangelical preacher Damares Alves.

Anielle Franco, a favela-born human rights activist, will lead the Ministry of Racial Equality. And indigenous activist and politician Sônia Guajajara will lead Brazil’s first-ever ministry for indigenous peoples.

Speaking on the eve of Lula’s inauguration, Guajajara told his supporters that Brazil was entering a new era in which “resistance” would occupy the halls of power.

“We are here today because we have never been afraid to fight. We never gave up,” Guajajara said to cheers. “We are here to say that never again will there be Brazil without us.”

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