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Madalena Leite

Age 64 (born 27 Dec 1956)

7 Apr 2021
Piracicaba, São Paulo (Brazil)

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Madalena Leite
Madalena Leite [photo:]

Madalena was a former city councillor, having been elected in 2012. Her body was found with signs of violence in her home on Wednesday 7th April.

Former city councilwoman Madalena Leite, the first [trans woman] to be elected in the city of Piracicaba, in the interior of São Paulo, died on Wednesday, 7. The information was confirmed by the city council.

The former parliamentarian was 64 years old and was found dead at her home in the Boa Esperança neighborhood, with marks of violence on her face. The neighbor who found the Madalena's body on the sofa in the living room called the police when they realized that the gate of the residence was just leaning.

The body of the ex-councilwoman was sent to the Instituto Médico Legal (IML) and so far there are no suspects for the crime. The case was referred to the State Department of Criminal Investigations (Deic) of Piracicaba where it was registered as a homicide. The wake took place this afternoon from 12pm to 3pm.

Elected councilor in 2012, Madalena received 3,035 votes, having the PSDB's second best performance in that election. At the time, she had been a community leader for 25 years, being considered an icon in the city. In early 2016, Madalena asked to leave the Chamber for health reasons after discovering prostate cancer.

In the following elections, she withdrew her candidacy, saying that, in addition to health issues, she had suffered racist and homophobic assaults on social networks during her term in the legislature.

In September 2021 it was reported that a film named "Madalena" was being made about her:

Sensitive. Transparent. Beautiful. At a slow pace, with beautiful images of the landscapes of Bonito, Dourados and Maracaju, the film “Madalena” was screened this Wednesday night (08) at the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS), in an extra year-end session .

Madiano Marcheti's first fiction feature film has as its starting point the body of Madalena being found in a soy plantation. The plot follows the story of three young people - Luziane (Natália Mazarim), Bianca (Pamella Yule) and Cristiano (Rafael de Bona), who live in different contexts in the same city. Although they don't know each other, the Magdalene spirit that flies over the city becomes a link between the three. The film denounces the constant violence in the country that kills the most LGBTQIA+ population.

Actress Chloe Milan, who played the role of Magdalene, said her character was "a gift". “It is very gratifying to bring this story to the public, to portray our story as a woman. It shows the reality that trans women face every day. I work during the day, I have a daytime experience. Of course, prejudice exists, but if we don't give a slap in the face, we won't be an example to others. Little by little, we keep going”.

Madalena's Facebook profile is

Source: Observatório Trans

Report added: 11 Apr 2021. Last updated: 15 Mar 2022

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