For the two dozen players, the training pitch is one of the few places where they can feel at ease and talk about their experiences without fear. But they also feel hopeful.
On Thursday, the country's Supreme Federal Court is set to finalize a ruling that extends a law against racism to shield gay and trans people.
Midfielder Robert Ismerim de Souza said: "It's not that I don't feel scared anymore, but now I know that the state is on our side. We can live; before we were only surviving."
The rights group Transgender Europe said 167 transgender men and women were killed last year in Brazil.