This paper employs as its theoretical framework Derrida's model of mourning to approach homosexuality and rights in Rick Santo's "Requiem sertanejo" (2011). This study proposes that "Requiem sertanejo", insinuates mourning as a constitutive process. This is achieved through the texts narrator's recounting of he and his ex-lover, Zeca's story that during their time together was silenced publicly, but mad public in this narrative of mourning. In doing so, the narrator confronts the legal legacy of policies such as "Don't ask, don't tell." At the same time, he reclaims his rights through public mourning.
derrida; AIDS; mourning; homosexuality; rights