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BGSQD presents: TRANSPOETHICALBODY – A Sensory Invitation (hybrid in-person & virtual event)

October 14, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Welcome to an extraordinary literary gathering, TRANSPOETHICALBODY: A Sensory Invitation. This remarkable event offers an immersive experience where literature, translation, and LGBTQ+ issues converge. Prepare to embark on a captivating journey as you connect with the esteemed author and publisher, delve into the intricacies of translation politics, and indulge in a mesmerizing recitation of tantalizing poetry in both English and Portuguese.

Immerse yourself in profound conversations with the author, exploring the poetic realm while gaining insights into their lived experience as a Transman in Brazil. Engage in thought-provoking discussions that shed light on the current political and cultural climate surrounding trans* and LGBTQ+ issues in Brazil, expanding your awareness and fostering empathy.

At this event, you will bear witness to the unveiling of a groundbreaking literary work—the first, if not one of the few, books of translated Trans* erotic poetry, and translated Black erotic poetry. Discover the delicate dance of translation politics and celebrate the power of artistic expression across borders.

TRANSPOETHICALBODY: A Sensory Invitation beckons you to an evening of intellectual stimulation, cultural exploration, and a celebration of diverse voices. Join us on this unforgettable odyssey that will ignite your senses and provoke profound contemplation.

Join us in person for this event at the Bureau,

room 210 of The LGBT Community Center,


watch the live-stream at youtube.com/@bgsqd

Tiely, the author of TRANSPOETHICALBODY, will join us virtually.

Dr. Tanya L. Saunders, the founder and editor-in-chief of Améfrica Press, will join us in person at the Bureau.

Copies of TRANSPOETHICALBODY (Améfrica Press, 2023, paperback, $14.99) is available for purchase at the Bureau and can be purchased at the event.

To reserve a copy, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com with “reserve a copy of TRANSPOETHICALBODY” in the subject line. Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


Tiely is a pioneering Transman rapper, writer, and activist from São Paulo, Brazil. With a career spanning over three decades, he has made significant contributions to the arts and LGBTQIAP+ advocacy, challenging societal norms through his work. Tiely’s thought-provoking poetry and unwavering commitment to social justice continue to inspire and empower audiences worldwide.

Tiely is a multi-talented artist and activist from São Paulo, Brazil, with a career spanning over 38 years. He began his artistic journey as an actor, dancer, and photographer, eventually venturing into music as a rapper in renowned rap groups. Tiely has made significant contributions to Brazilian rap as the country’s first Transman rapper. In addition to his achievements in music, Tiely has also explored various artistic disciplines, including literature, filmmaking, theater, and television.

Throughout his career, Tiely has been actively involved in cultural, social, and sports projects, advocating for LGBTQIAP+ rights, women’s rights, and diverse identities. He uses his artistic platform to address and raise awareness about societal issues and promote inclusivity. Tiely’s commitment to creating meaningful change extends beyond his solo work, as he collaborates with other artists and organizations to amplify his message and fight for respect and acceptance of differences.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Tiely has continued to engage with audiences through virtual and hybrid performances, participating in festivals, seminars, and debates. In 2021, he published his collection of Trans Black erotic poetry, titled “TransCorpoÉtico,” showcasing his literary talents. Tiely’s recent accomplishments also include coordinating the “Território Hip Hop” program and working on his upcoming novel, “Deusa Pagã.” Through his artistic endeavors and activism, Tiely remains dedicated to creating a more inclusive and accepting society.


Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is a sociologist interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora throughout the Americas uses the arts as a tool for social change. As a 2011-2012 Fulbright scholar in Brazil, Dr. Saunders began work on their current project about Black Queer Artivism in Brazil. Dr. Saunders is the founder and editor-in-chief of Améfrica Press.


Registration Required:
Youth Only:
Arts and Culture
October 14, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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Bureau of General Services Queer Division (BGSQD)
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Arts and Culture
Registration Required
Youth Only