Keyla Brasil, the trans artist, sex worker and activist who interrupted the play All About My Mother at Teatro Municipal São Luiz has been missing and unreachable since Friday afternoon.
The information was published this Sunday, on social networks, by Casa T, a reception and socialization center for transgender people, in Lisbon, where Keyla has been living for the last year and with whom the artist had been communicating daily since she had taken refuge in a forest. in Tábua, in the district of Coimbra, after receiving death threats due to the protest in São Luiz. According to those responsible for Casa T, Keyla Brasil sent “three distress calls to three different people in the transgender community” at 3:14 pm on Friday. “It was not a conventional communication”, they tell PÚBLICO.
Soon after these requests, they left Lisbon towards Tábua. “Keyla was no longer there. We did a little search at the place where she was staying, and as soon as we realized that her belongings were not there, we immediately went to the GNR station in Tábua to file the missing person report.” Since then, Keyla’s cell phone has been turned off.
According to information gathered by PÚBLICO from the Public Security Police (PSP), the missing persons report was communicated to them “within the protocols in force”, and “measures were adopted which, depending on the specific situation, appear to be urgent”. PSP says not being able to advance, for now, with more details.
On the 19th, Keyla Brasil invaded the São Luiz stage during the show staged by Daniel Gorjão based on the homonymous film by Pedro Almodóvar, to demand that the story of the character Lola, a trans sex worker, be told and represented by a transgender actress, and not by a cisgender actor (when a person’s gender identity matches the sex and gender they were assigned at birth). Since the protest, which became known as a political act against transfakeKeyla Brasil has received several death threats and hate messages, as she herself has reported on her Instagram page.
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