14 Feb 2018
Quinta Normal, Santiago (Chile)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/14-Feb-2018/Paloma
Paloma was admitted to hospital on 2nd February after a transphobic assault by a tenant in her building. She died in hospital from a stroke 12 days later.
Paloma was a survivor of Pinochet’s Chile.
“I met La Paloma before the coup d’état of ’73 when the San Camilo neighborhood was from one end to the other, it was all full of brothels, a women’s house and a house of changemakers, as the transvestites were called at that time”, recalls Katty Fontey, president of TravesChile and promoter of various actions to welcome and integrate the older transgender population, perhaps the most vulnerable and forgotten group of the transvestite community in Chile.
Along with Katty, Paloma was one of the only survivors of San Camilo, that mythical place where the renowned collective of homosexual art “Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis”, by Pedro Lemebel and Francisco Casas, starred in a striking and unforgettable performance called: “La última dinner of San Camilo”.
Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & El Desconcierto, 23.02.2018