In the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil’s team was led by a trans model, symbolising the event’s focus on inclusion of sexual and gender diversity. MRI was part of this story. In June 2016, 16 participants
in our project took part in a training course for job openings at the Rio Olympics, offered by the partner NGO Rede Cidadã.
After completing the training course, candidates were referred to recruiters associated with the Rio Olympics. In total, six candidates were employed in the Olympic Restaurant. For some, it was their first experience working under formal contracts with labour protections. Social names and corresponding pronouns were respected in the case of trans people
and contracts included an anti-homo/transphobia clause. All of this helped
to create an accessible and welcoming work environment that was conducive to professionalism and outstanding performance. So much so, that some participants were able to renew their contracts for the Paralympics. In addition, a trans student of our entrepreneurship
course was hired as a make-up artist at the Olympic Games, reinforcing trans visibility at the event.