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ADDED ON: 03/21/2019

Gay Lawmaker Who Fled Brazil Amid Death Threats: Bolsonaro ‘turned me into a pariah

Brazil’s first openly gay lawmaker, Jean Wyllys, who fled his country over mounting death threats after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, fears he won’t be returning home anytime soon. In…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Jair Bolsonaro visits White House, reiterates opposition to LGBTI rights

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to LGBTI rights when he spoke alongside President Trump during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Bolsonaro, speaking through a…

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ADDED ON: 03/16/2019

LGBT Brazilians’ Mental Health Plummets With Anti-Gay President

When the proudly homophobic President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January, LGBT community members were worried their rights would be taken away. Two months later, watchdog groups are saying suicide among LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

Former policemen charged with murdering bisexual Rio congresswoman

Brazilian authorities on Tuesday arrested two former policemen in connection with the murder of bisexual Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco. Investigators say Ronnie Lessa and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz on March…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Two Brazilian police arrested over killing of activist Marielle Franco

Two police officers were arrested Tuesday in the killing of Rio city councilor and black gay rights activist Marielle Franco, prosecutors said, almost a year to the day after the brazen murder…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Trump to host Brazil’s anti-gay president Jair Bolsonaro at White House

Donald Trump has invited Brazil’s anti-LGBT president Jair Bolsonaro to the White House. The far-right Brazilian leader, who holds extreme anti-LGBT beliefs, will meet with Trump at the White House on March…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2019

Brazilians Demand Answers for Marielle Franco’s Murder at Rio Carnival

Nearly a year after the still-unsolved murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and LGBT activist Marielle Franco, Brazilian revellers have used their country’s annual carnival to demand answers. On Monday night, Rio’s most…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2019

Don’t mess with my kids: Why Argentina still doesn’t have comprehensive sex education

Sex education is a tricky topic all over the world. When is too early to teach it? When is too late? But, in Latin America, throw in a hefty dose of conservatism…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2019

Gay man participates in Vatican clergy sex abuse summit

A gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a notorious pedophile priest participated in a summit on clergy sex abuse that took place at the Vatican last week. Juan Carlos…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2019

Story of a trans man who suffers Brazil’s hostile environment to LGBTQ

Growing up in an evangelical Christian family in Brazil, life was pretty tough for Ariel Nobre. Designated female at birth, the 31-year-old transgender man was sent to a gay conversion therapy centre…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Colombia’s ‘Madonna’ helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela

Gusts of hot desert wind drift through the broken window, shattered by a stone, in the house that Madonna Badillo shares with seven Venezuelan sex workers. Badillo fixed the window many times…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2019

Ex-child soldier fights for trans rights in Colombia

When Colombia's FARC guerrillas turned up at the home of Cristian Camilo Gonzalez nearly two decades ago and shoved him into a truck when he was just aged 14, his happy childhood…

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