Away from the samba avenues since 2017, the year she was the muse of Inocentes de Belford Roxo, Marcela Porto announced that he is back at the Rio de Janeiro carnival. The businesswoman, who launched herself as pineapple woman 一 in the explosion of fruit women in funk, in the 2000s 一, she will be the drummer godmother of Unidos da Ponte.
“There will be a trans woman at Sapucaí, yes. I am proud to raise this flag for all of Brazil. Carnival in Rio is also a festival of diversity, not only sexual, but also in terms of bodies, races…”, she said.
Owner of a mineral transport company, Marcela revealed that a friend was the one who “made the bridge” between her and the Access Group school: “Tina Bombom said that the school wanted a godmother and introduced me to them. I was afraid of them not accepting me, but I was welcomed, without prejudice. I want to thank President Gustavo Barros a lot for all his affection and respect”, she celebrated, who is used to showing the day-to-day life on her truck and heavy machinery on her social networks.
To look good at Sapucaí, the former funkeira will take samba lessons: “I’m a little rusty, since I’ve been away since 2017. I want to start classes right away. And let’s bring Carnival 2022, which will be the biggest of all”, he added.
Marcela is the first trans woman in the position of godmother at Unidos da Ponte. According to Francisco Dantas, director of the diversity committee at Unidos da Ponte, representation is important for the LGBTIA+ community.
“The presence of representatives in prominent or reference places strengthens our pride and gives the community a voice, in addition to being a way to fight LGBTIA+phobia. I was very happy when Gustavo invited me to join the Unidos da Ponte Diversity Committee and help with the implementation of actions aimed at the community, but even within the LBTGIA+ environment there are actions that exclude the trans population; which only weakens the movement. We had a black trans woman leading the Stonewall rebellion that gave rise to what we now call pride day and bringing a trans woman to the avenue as godmother of the school, being a gay man, I’m proud of the school and reinforces the welcoming policy , inclusion and respect that Unidos da Ponte practices”, said Francisco.
Unidos da Ponte will be the 3rd association to perform on the Friday of the Carnival 2022, for the Gold Series. The association will take the plot to Marquês de Sapucaí Santa Dulce dos Pobres – The Good Angel of Bahia, developed by the carnival Guilherme Diniz e Rodrigo Marques. the plot is from James Freitas.