Marielle Franco became one of the first out LGBTQ elected officials in Brazil when she won her race for Rio de Janeiro city council in 2017 – and during her short time in office pushed for the rights of women, Black people and LGBTQ people. In 2018, she was assassinated by a gunman in downtown Rio de Janeiro because of her activism, with many suspecting police or paramilitary involvement. Since the assassination, Franco’s name has become a rallying cry for women, Black people and LGBTQ people demanding equality and justice, both in Brazil and around the world. She also inspired more Black women and LGBTQ women to run for office.
Rio de Janeiro City Council (2017 – 2018)