REPORTS PUBLISHED IN PREVIOUS TRANNY GUIDES
Way by Alekssandra Ceciliato
and Gentleman welcome to the gay parade Sao Paulo Brazil
2003 - Come and discover Brazil Travel with us in this
unique moment of luxury, glamour, glory and the joy of
a social class, that although repressed, are still happy".
The San Paulo event each
year marks our presence throughout the world, with achievements
and victories leaves us feeling proud of ourselves. Every
day that goes by we keep conquering our universal territory
and of course our place in the sun.
and Gentleman, I, Alekssandra Ceciliato, have come directly
from London. I bring our bible ‘The Tranny Guide’ and
I will take back for you a little bit of the gay parade
in Sao Paulo for the 12th ‘Tranny Guide’ with wonderful
photos full of beauty, of a gay population that can express
their feelings and frustrations without losing the humour
and the happiness of living".
Another annual Gay parade
in Sao Paulo has ended, and we are already missing it
and full of hope for the year to come so we can have another
wonderful day like we did in 2003. We hope that 2004 will
be even more than perfect.
gay parade has a different theme every year and this year
the theme was….. Building up Homosexual Politics
In Brazil the first gay
protests started at the end of the 70’s in Rio de Janeiro
and Sao Paulo with the support of the newspaper ‘Lampiao
D'Esquina’ and the group ‘Somos’. From then on in the
80’s and 90’s there were support groups for gays and transgender
people all over the country. Happily we see that every
year we advance the work of educating the public to have
respect for diversity. It has had positive results in
first Brazilian Gay Parade was in 1996 and in 1997 over
2,000 people turned up. From 1999 it started to be organised
by the association of the proud parade LGBT. ( Lesbians
Gays Bisexuals Transgender). The movement gets bigger
every year in shocking numbers and this year, 2003, we
reached one million people.
One million people together
! It was a beautiful sunny Sunday. The march started half
an hour late but finally our seventh gay parade was on
the streets. This is the biggest event of its kind in
Latin America and in second place in the world, losing
the first place to San Francisco or maybe Toronto.
‘Prefect’ of Sao Paulo marked her presence in one of the
floats and she did not complain for a minute, she danced
to the sound of the beautifully decorated floats during
the whole march. Although she is the Prefect of the biggest
Brazilian town, she also sets a good example of being
gay and proud because she has a son who she supports and
who is a respected artist and assumed gay nationally.
Anyway the Gay Parade was
a big success. We hope that our protests will be heard
about our decent and respectable society, and that our
lives can be seen as normal. We hope that we can be accepted
as human beings, capable and responsible, otherwise we
will always be the free show to the eyes of the societies
the distribution of the prizes for Miss Gay Sao Paulo
2003 the show came to the end. There were two second places.
With the most votes the winner was the publics favourite
but, believe it or not, she won only by 3 points, it had
to be like this! Of course Miss Gay Sao Paulo will now
represent her area in Miss Gay Brazil 2003 in Juiz de
Fora and our Miss Sao Paulo will be there with us. Me
and ‘The Tranny Guide’ will be at that marvellous party,
because I, Alekssandra Ceciliato am Brazilian and also
Be it for lack of curiosity
or lack of information most people have no idea about
the history and grandiosity of the Miss Gay Brazil competition.
The birth of this event, in fact like lots of things,
happened by coincidence and like the majority of coincidences,
we can now call it a great success!!!
history of Miss Gay Brazil, started in 1977 from a joke,
kidding about the contest Miss Brazil for for women. Chiquinho
Mota was one of these jokers. He was also an organiser
at that time of the samba school ‘Juventude Imperial,’
("Imperial youth"), which was situated in a small town
in the interior of Minas Gerais. The school was having
a financial crisis and to help raise funds he decided
to have a party where the principal attraction was an
“alternative” Miss Brazil contest.
The event was an enormous
success and started to happen every year always in the
month of August. The first three contests in 1977, 1978
and 1979 connected to a samba school had carnival mixed
would not want a particular area to win even if they were
not from the same area; they wanted all areas of Brazil
to be represented.. However their favourite samba schools
all from Juiz de Fora, the town where Miss Gay Brazil
In the eighties the rules
for the contest were created - Transgender people with
implants could not participate, any participant who had
breast implants and won would lose the title from the
contest, that’s if someone could prove it!!
the prestige of Miss Gay Brazil was recognised, through
the years the contest started to happen in other areas.
Originally the contestants after winning in their own
area would go onto the main contest to try to win.
In 1999 for example Miss
Rondona, sent in her application which was free of charge,
in accordance with the organisers of Miss Gay Brazil contest.
(They do not charge any extras because all contestants
have to pay high costs for travelling, clothes, accessories
and staying, etc).
the years went by the contest became so respected that
big celebrities from the music business, politics and
TV agreed to form the jury.
The event now takes place
every year in August and is now as well respected as the
original Miss Brazil contest for gender born women. For
one week in August the little tranquil town called Juiz
de Fora is turned into a real carnival, with all the hotels
fully booked for that week, (the more experienced usually
book their hotels 3 – 4 months in advance). The little
town stops, with thousands of people in the streets all
together to enjoy the event of the year.
soon as the contestants enter the finals all of their
efforts are doubled or tripled. Their efforts are noticed
by the organisers and other contestants. They have to
make sure that everything is correct at the rehearsal
to make sure that on the day of the big contest things
will be as perfect as possible...
The Miss Gay Brazil contest
is always on a Saturday, followed by an invitation for
a social lunch on Sunday.
wonderful Feijoada "Bean Stew" is served with great music.
It doesn’t matter if it is Axe music, Pagode music or
any type of Brazilian music, because what Brazilians really
like is a good Feijoada, samba and then drinking the traditional
drink known by the name of Caipirinha. It is made with
Cachaca, "Fire Water" lemon, sugar and lots of ice.
The event has become very
competitive and very expensive; probably the most expensive
event of it’s kind because of all the fantasy clothes,
accessories, travelling and accommodation and everything.
but it is all SO worth it to be part of such a great event.
Gay Sao Paulo as other contests of the same kind makes
the heart of the candidates race a bit faster every time
the contest is about to start. They will get recognition
for the final and one of them will become Miss Gay Brazil
The house where the event
took place is called ‘Planet G’, and is situated in rua
‘Rego Freitas’ one of the most well known streets on the
old centre of Sao Paulo. One hour before the big party
started the venue was already very full.
soon as I could get in I went straight to the changing
rooms to talk to the contestants and take some photos
for ‘The Tranny Guide’. When I got there I saw three beautiful
candidates and when I looked around I realised that choosing
the candidate would be a hard job for the judges thoroughly
selected by the organisers Bruno and Michelle X, (Miss
Gay Brazil 2000).. Amongst this years judges were Miss
Gay Brazil 2002, and Miss Gay Sao Paulo 2002, celebrities,
and organisers of the Paulistan Night. Two of the judges
was none other than the actual mainstream contest winners
Miss Sao Paulo 2003 (born gender woman), and Miss Acre
2003 (also born gender woman).
I could see that the audience
were very impatient, and of course the contest was a few
minutes late to start. As soon as the contest started
and the stairs on the big stage came down and nobody else
apart from the most qualified and remarkable presenters
for this wonderful night appeared. Silvetty Montilla (who
has performed in London at our beloved WayOut Club, on
her journey to Europe in 2002). Silvetty was joined by
the other big star for the night, Greta Star. With her
long black hair and her remarkable glamourous, presence
on stage, we could not stop the wonderful millions of
remarks to her. Her personality shows us her internal
light, beauty and love, which she has shared with us for
the last 20 years on Brazilian stages.
night was full of different emotions, celebrations and
special presentations. The most remarkable celebration
was for an ex colleague of mine who had a big personality,
who unfortunately is not with us anymore, but will always
be remembered by all of the people who loved her.
The evening dress show
started, it was the event most waited for. The enjoyment
was enhanced by the wonderful lighting work that follows
in detail each step that the candidates takes. The perfection
of each dress, looking like they had been designed by
God. With every single detail perfect to the millimetre.
the end of the wonderful, luxurious and feminine, ‘evening
dress’ show, started the big final where the public were
already screaming and totally divided supporting their
candidates. The judges could not be indifferent in the
presence of so much beauty, and as each candidate passed
by, the more difficult it became for the judges to make
a decision. Even the (gender born woman) Miss Sao Paulo
2003 said that she had never seen to a show like this
- the glitter, love and competition and especially the
detailed organisation by the organisers Bruno and Michelle