ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Manaus Opens Shelter For LGBT Refugees From Venezuela

11/06/2018 | Folha de Sao Paulo

Manaus is a stop in the route of part of the 80,000 Venezuelans looking for asylum or temporary residence in Brazil. And now, it is the first Brazilian city to have an exclusive shelter to the LGBTI+ refugee population. The goal is to help them overcome a double challenge: in other housing situations, the LGBTI+ refugees suffer not only with xenophobia but also with prejudice against their sexual orientation. “Here, we have more freedom to be who we are. In Venezuela, we couldn’t display affection publicly. And we suffered from prejudice from other Venezuelans in other shelters here in Manaus, too,” said barber Yelitza Ricardo, 34.


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