Brazilian drag queen educates children of Amazon rural areas about environmental proection

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Emerson Munduruku, a 27-year-old biologist of indigenous descent who was born in the Amazon, transforms into Uyra Sodoma to show locals, especially kids, how important it is to protect the environment. “In a time of change, I had wanted to work in environmental protection. I was doing it from a scientific perspective but I realised it was also important from a social perspective. Until then, Uyra had no face or name,” he told AFP. Nature is not only a source of inspiration for him, it is also the only tool he uses for his lectures, he sees no need in using any extra materials, if people need to feel connected with the environment, then nothing should deviate their attention from it. Munduruku said he decided to start his journey as an eco-warrior drag queen in 2015, after he suffered a homophobic assault in the city of Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas. “That violence rocked me to my core…” he recalled, describing how the experience encouraged him to get in touch with the LGBT+ community and understand more about racism and homophobia, adding: “I became closer to the city and the people.”

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