Carmen Carrera has taken her LGBT activism global, and she's sharing it with the world.
The 31-year-old model and reality TV star has been fighting for LGBT rights since her start on RuPaul's Drag Race, but her most recent work is unlike anything she's ever done before. Carrera is part of Fusion's new docu-series, OUTPOST, which focuses on real-life, real-time events happening in Latin American countries. The series highlights "societal and social issues that are truly relatable in every way" – one of which is LGBT issues in Brazil.
The star traveled to São Paulo, Brazil, where she was confronted face-to-face with the world's most violent and murderous community against transgender people. Carrera met with young trans folk, heard their stories and even partied with them at a Pride parade.
"When you live this trans experience, there’s a point and time in your life that you almost stop developing because you don’t know where to go," she told us.
But Carrera was left with questions as to how the future of the LGBT community will turn out.
"Everyone else is following these male and female tracks that have already been set for them, but when you’re trans there is no trail,” she says, explaining that many young trans kids resort to simply “blending in” rather than finding their true selves.
The model-activist has, however, taken matters into her own hands, well beyond her experience in Brazil. Carrera is in the midst of developing a K-12 curriculum that will offer LGBT history in the classroom in an effort to end trans stigma.