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Transgender inmates get protection in Brazilian prisons
Brazil's penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates.
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In this July 8, 2015 photo, gay inmate Bruno da Silva shows one of the tattoos he had made while serving time at the Evaristo de Moraes prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, new regulations aim to curb abuse against transvestite and transgender inmates within the stateâs 52 penitentiaries. Advocates have hailed the rules that ban discrimination against Rio stateâs approximately 600 transgender prisoners and protect their gender identities while behind bars. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

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In this July 8, 2015 photo, transgender inmate Thayla Marcolino moves a door inside the Evaristo de Moraes prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. New measures to protect transgender inmates behind bars were adopted in May amid an outcry over the brutal beating in April of a transsexual woman at a detention center in neighboring Sao Paulo state. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

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In this July 8, 2015 photo, transgender inmate Danny Campos de Oliveira watches his boyfriend, inmate Bruno da Silva, as they talk inside Evaristo de Moraes Prison, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The country's penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates. But advocates say few prisoners are as vulnerable as transvestites and transgender people, who are often singled out for taunting and physical and sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

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In this July 8, 2015 photo, trangender inmate Estefanie Ferraz poses for a portrait next to a mural that reads in Portuguese: "Educate for freedom" as she serves time at the Evaristo de Moraes prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Usually a highlight of life for prisoners held in overcrowded cells, sunbaths were a nightmare for Ferraz. After shaving off her hair, guards at one all-male facility forced her to remove her shirt in the courtyard, exposing her implanted breasts to hundreds of fellow prisoners. It was beyond horrible, said Ferraz, Everyone was staring, cat-calling, screaming at me. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

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In this July 8, 2015 photo, inmate Bruno da Silva, right, holds hands with his partner, transgender inmate Danny Campos de Oliveira, inside the Evaristo de Moraes Prison, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Oliveira, a 27-year-old serving an 18-month sentence for a larceny conviction, said the new rules protecting transgender inmates have already improved prison life. Before transgender prisoners were bald and ugly, with beards because they couldnt use hormones, said Oliveira. Now, they come out of here with more dignity, a bit less marginalized. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

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In this July 8, 2015 photo, transgender inmates joke around while serving time at the Evaristo de Moraes prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. New rules adopted in late May allow transvestite and transgender inmates to be known by their common names, guarantee access to conjugal visits and let transgender people who identify as female decide whether to serve their sentences in a womens facility. They also guarantee access to hormone therapy, and allow those living as women to wear lingerie and makeup and keep their hair long. They are spared strip searches in front of other prisoners and will no longer have to remove their shirts for sunbaths. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

Transgender inmates get protection in Brazilian prisons

Brazil's penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates.

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