Although she speaks with good humor about this period of her history, Patrícia knows that the lives of LGBTI people, especially in the poor outskirts, can be painful and difficult. She understands the multiplicity of her loneliness. Not only the loneliness of being a woman and a lesbian, but also of being a woman, lesbian and black. This understanding made her forgive her family, including her parents, for all the mishaps. “Black families are already suffering from poverty, racism and persecution beyond sexuality. There are so many other types of violence that a black family from the outskirts of a town just wants its members not to go through anything else. What my family does not want is for me to suffer what I suffer”, she explains.
It is to fight against daily suffering that Patrícia Santana joined social movements. Being aware that the prejudice she experienced herself every day also affects the sexual and reproductive health of lesbian women, she saw in the Ela Decide Call for Projects a chance to propose change or, as she defines it, “make the revolution”. Designed in partnership with the LesbiBahia collective, her project, the Lesbi Saúde Caravan, was conceived to provide information on sexual and reproductive health to six municipalities in Bahia.
Project: Lesbi Saúde Caravan
People directly benefited by the project: 90 women and 11 men.
Through workshops and rounds of conversation, the Collective of Lesbians and Bisexual Women of Bahia (LESBIBAHIA) has promoted actions in four municipalities in Bahia: Santo Amaro, Lauro de Freitas, Itabuna and Rio Real and collectively produced informational materials on preventing sexually-transmitted infections and on reproductive rights of Lesbians and Bisexuals.