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Gender identity and affirmative actions in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) / Natal / Brazil.

The UFRN has been at the vanguard of Federal Universities in the North and Northeast of Brazil to create in 2012 a social name Resolution that assured his students and servers, whose official name did not adequately reflect their gender identity, the possibility of use in academic and functional records of their social name (Picture 1). In 2012 began a discussion about the need for unisex bathrooms in UFRN. Although it was a controversial discussion, some Academic Centers adopted unisex bathrooms, ensuring a basic right of transgender students. Finally, UFRN was the first university in Brazil to allow students could choose the student housing according to their gender identity (Pictures 2 and 3). Thus, the UFRN have since 2013 the first transgender female student living in a female student housing, which is one of the greatest achievements of transgender students in Brazil.


Janeusa Trindade Souto    
Universidade Federal do RIo Grande do Norte

Márcio Venício Barbosa    
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Angela Maria Paiva Cruz    
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte


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