Brazil

LGBTI Rights in Brazil


ADDED ON: 11/29/2020

Widow of murdered LGBT+ politician in Brazil vows to combat hate with election win

Two years after the murder of popular Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, her partner Monica Benicio has also won a council seat and vowed to fight for justice and LGBT+ rights. Franco, a…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2020

What Brazil’s local elections could mean for Bolsonaro’s political future

On Sunday, in the midst of a pandemic, Brazil voted to choose city councilors and mayors. The results show a confusing electoral scenario in which the so-called Centrão (Big Center), composed of…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Historic wins for transgender candidates in Brazil vote

Transgender candidates on Monday celebrated a series of historic wins in municipal elections in Brazil, where they were allowed to run for the first time under their chosen names. "WE WON! BLACK…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Bolsonaro tells Brazil not to deal with pandemic ‘like fags’

President Jair Bolsonaro drew criticism Tuesday for telling Brazilians not to deal with Covid-19 like "a country of fags," the far-right leader's latest controversial outburst on the pandemic. Bolsonaro, who has consistently…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2020

Drag queens to grace Vogue magazine cover in Brazil

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A pair of drag queens will grace the October cover of Vogue in Brazil, the magazine said on Monday, marking a landmark for the iconic fashion…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

Reported murders, suicides of trans people soar in Brazil

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of transgender people killed in Brazil this year has risen by 70% over last year, according to research underscoring the South American country’s rank as the…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2020

Brazilian football fans put aside rivalry to protest ‘homophobic, racist’ president Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s “proudly” homophobic president, has been globally criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, consistently playing down the virus despite recently contracting it himself. Fears have been growing that…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

With Brazil’s Bolsonaro attacking the Supreme Court, are gay rights at risk?

As a gay man growing up in Brazil, Afif Sarhan was banned from donating blood for most of his life. “I thought, ‘Why is my blood inferior to others?’” Sarhan, a 41-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2020

Brazil LGBTQ group avoids coronavirus in Copacabana’s Casa Nem building

In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen people get settled on broken couches beneath a banner reading “Cure Your Prejudice.” They face the makeshift stage…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2020

Brazil: Bolsonaro reportedly uses homophobic slur to mock masks

One day after announcing he had tested positive for coronavirus Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire for allegedly using homophobic language to mock the use of face masks. The Folha de São…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2020

‘Another Marielle Franco Shouldn’t Die’: Film Memorializes Slain Brazilian LGBT Activist

A few days before George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, sparking Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, a 14-year-old black teenager named João Pedro Matos Pinto was gunned down by Brazil’s federal…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2020

Gay, trans Brazilians pummeled by coronavirus economic crisis

One in four unemployed gay and trans Brazilians has lost their job recently during the coronavirus outbreak, a survey released on Sunday found, showing the joblessness among LGBT+ Brazilians almost double the…

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