Transgender Identity Around the World: Brazil

Bauru’s volleyball player Tifanny Abreu celebrates a point during a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Tifanny Abreu is Brazil’s first transgender person to play in the top volleyball league for women.
Bauru's volleyball player Tifanny Abreu celebrates a point during a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Tifanny Abreu is Brazil's first transgender person to play in the top volleyball league for women. Andre Penner / AP Photo
Bauru’s volleyball player Tifanny Abreu celebrates a point during a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Tifanny Abreu is Brazil’s first transgender person to play in the top volleyball league for women.
Bauru's volleyball player Tifanny Abreu celebrates a point during a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Tifanny Abreu is Brazil's first transgender person to play in the top volleyball league for women. Andre Penner / AP Photo

Transgender Identity Around the World: Brazil

This is the fourth installment on our series about transgender identity around the world, produced and hosted by Worldview production assistant Anna Waters. Tifanny Abreu is one of the best professional volleyball players in Brazil, and experts say she will likely qualify for the 2020 Olympic team. Tifanny is also transgender, and could be the first openly trans athlete to participate in the Olympic games. She joins us from Rio de Janeiro to discuss her relationship to transgender fans, her Olympic dreams, and her response to critics who say it’s unfair for her to play as a woman.