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May 25, 2019

Brazil Supreme Court Votes to Make Homophobia and Transphobia A Crime

 By Tim Marcin

A majority of judges on Brazil’s Supreme Court voted Thursday to make homophobia and transphobia a crime, marking a major victory for the country’s LGBT population as they face an increasingly threatening environment, with dozens of people having been killed this year and President Jair Bolsonaro proudly declaring his dislike of the community.

Six of the Court’s 11 judges voted to make discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender unconstitutional. The five other judges will have a court session in June, but the results won’t be changed and the decision will take effect after they’ve all voted. The ruling would make it possible for those who experience such discrimination to sue. 

The decision “comes at a very good moment, when we have a head of state who is LGBT-phobic,” Bruna Benevides, president of the Niteroi Diversity group, told the AP. “The Supreme Court assumed the responsibility to protect us.”

The protection is needed, as it’s a dangerous time for LGBT people in Brazil: At least 141 LGBT people have been killed so far in 2019, the Associated Press reports, citing a watchdog group.

Meanwhile, Bolsonaro has said he’s proud of his homophobia. The president has declared in interviews that he’d rather have a dead son than a gay son and that Brazil must not become a “gay tourism paradise.”

“If you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go for your life,” Bolsonaro told journalists in April. “But we can’t let this place become known as a gay tourism paradise. Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families.”

LGBT advocates have said this sort of rhetoric puts the population at even further risk. And just this week Amnesty International warned that the Bolsonaro administration was turning anti-human-rights rhetoric into action by adopting “measures that threaten the rights to life, health, freedom, land and territory of Brazilians.” citing such moves as the president’s decision to relax gun laws and the rollout of a new, more punitive national drug policy.

The effort to make homophobia a crime in Brazil goes back decades but has been met with strong resistance from conservatives and religious groups. The court ruling mandates that homophobic and transphobic offenses will be covered within a racism law passed in 1989. Meanwhile, Brazil’s Senate is also considering a bill that would criminalize discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender.

The court’s decision was an open rebuke of the homophobic rhetoric from Bolsonaro, who rose to power with strong conservative support, and an attempt to secure protections for the LGBT community regardless of what Congress does.

“There is no guarantee the bill will pass, and even if it does, it can be vetoed and homophobia will continue,” said Judge Luiz Fox, according to the Independent. “The judiciary must act in defense of minorities against violence by the majority.”

May 6, 2019

The US LGBT and Commerce Communities Tell Pres.Bolsonaro To Go Back To Brazil to Get His Dinner

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    • The world leader was supposed to receive an award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, capped with a gala and dinner.
    • Corporate sponsors for that event have come under criticism in recent days
  • The world leader was supposed to receive an award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, capped with a gala and dinner.
  • Corporate sponsors for that event have come under criticism in recent days. You can say Fair minded people in the USA together with the Gay Community tolf Bolsonaro to have dinner in his own house and as far as award goes only a chocolate cak would be just right for the occasion.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a trip to the U.S. amid controversy over previous anti-LGBT comments and a sponsorship backlash, Reuters reported on Friday.
The world leader was supposed to receive an award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, capped with a gala and dinner. Corporate sponsors for that event have come under criticism in recent days.
Delta Air LinesBain & Company and The Financial Times had already pulled sponsorships of the event as backlash grew.
Bolsonaro’s record on women, race and LGBTQ rights has sparked outrage since his 2018 election. Just hours after his inauguration, Bolsonaro removed LGBTQ rights from human rights ministry considerations and wanted to remove homosexuality from textbooks.
In the past, Bolsonaro has been quoted making multiple anti-LGBTQ statements, including saying that he would rather his son be dead or a drug addict than gay. He also recently warnedagainst allowing Brazil to “become known as a gay tourism paradise.”
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce said in a statement on Friday night that the event will take place as scheduled without Bolsonaro in attendance.

April 27, 2019

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Does Not Want Brazil To Be A Gay Tourism Paradise- He is Rich Does Not Need The Money

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised for insisting the country shouldn't become a "gay tourism paradise".

"If you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go for your life," said Mr Bolsonaro, according to Crusoé magazine.

"Brazil can't be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families," he added.
Mr Bolsonaro has already drawn ire for being a self-described "homophobic".
He reportedly made his latest comments at a breakfast meeting with reporters in the country's capital Brasília.

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An immediate backlash has been prompted from Brazil's LGBT community.
"This is not a head of state - this is a national disgrace," said David Miranda, a councillor in Rio de Janeiro, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.

"He is staining the image of our country in every imaginable way," Mr Miranda added.
The Brazilian president, a former army captain, is a deeply divisive figure whose racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks have angered many.

In previous interviews he has said he would rather have a dead son than a homosexual son. 

Earlier this month, New York's American Museum of Natural History cancelled an event to honour Mr Bolsonaro on its premises. 

April 22, 2019

Brazilian Police, The Most Deadly in The World

Army officers on patrol in Rio de Janeiro, in 2018. Image: 
Tânia Rêgo/Agência Brasil, republication permitted with attribution.
On April 7, a Sunday, musician Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, 51, was on his way to a baby shower in Guadalupe, a poor neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In the car with him were his father-in-law, his wife, their 7-year-old son, and a friend. The sun was up, and it seemed like a regular weekend in Brazil's largest coastal city.
As they drove by an army compound nearby, soldiers fired a hail of bullets towards the car. Evaldo was killed on the spot, while his father-in-law along with a passerby that was near the scene were injured. The other passengers managed to escape.
The police, which inspected the scene, later revealed the car was shot 80 times. Leonardo Salgado, police chief, said he believed the officers mistook Evaldo's car to another one used by criminals which they were after, according to news website G1. He added that police didn't find any weapons on Evaldo's car.
Luciana Nogueira, Evaldo's wife of 27 years who survived the shooting, told Estado de S. Paulo:
The neighbors started to help (my husband), but [the soldiers] kept shooting. I put my hands on my head, cried for help, told them that he was my husband, but they didn’t do anything, the just stood there with debauchery.
While the brutal murder of an innocent man by state officials has shocked Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro remained silent about the incident for six days.
When he finally spoke, at a press conference on April 12, he said: “The army didn't kill anyone, the army is of the people, and you can't accuse the people of murder.”
Previously, the only words that came out of Planalto Palace, the executive's seat, was through the president's spokesperson, who referred to Evaldo's execution as “an incident” without offering condolences to his family.
In the evening of April 8, Rio de Janeiro's State Governor Wilson Witzel, an ally of Bolsonaro, declared that “it wasn’t up to him to make a judgment”
Two days later, Minister of Justice and Public Security Sergio Moro only said the killing was “unfortunate” during an interview to a TV show.

Número de menções no Twitter do primeiro escalão do governo Bolsonaro ao fuzilamento de um carro de família no Rio de Janeiro

Sim, o gráfico está VAZIO, pois ninguém se posicionou, nem ao menos para lamentar o ocorrido

O carro foi atingido por 80 tiros disparados p/ militares

This is the number of mentions on Twitter by Bolsonaro’s cabinet to the shooting aimed at a family car in Rio de Janeiro. Yes, the graphic is EMPTY, because no one manifested themselves, not even to say they felt sorry for what happened. The car was shot 80 times by military men.

Military investigation

Shortly after news about the episode began circulating in the media, the army put out a statement saying its men were responding to “unfair aggression by assailants.” Later in the evening of April 7, it released a different note, this time saying that it would conduct an investigation.
Although the civil police inspected the scene, they will not investigate the case. The army itself will do it instead, and a military court will eventually try the soldiers. That's thanks to a 2017 law that says armed forces themselves are responsible for investigating homicides committed by their personnel while on duty.
Human Rights Watch, who has criticized the law at the time of its approval by President Michel Temer, put out a statement on April 9 calling for an impartial investigation of the murder of Evaldo, and for the law to be repealed.
On April 8, the military arrested 10 of the 12 officers who had been deployed to the scene and charged them with homicide and attempted homicide, according to local newspaper Extra. A judge released one of the 10 officers on April 10 following a hearing.

Not the first time

Brazil's police are known for “shooting first, asking later,” a saying that has been proven right time and again.
An International Amnesty’s report released this year says Brazilian police is the most deadly in the world. Only in 2018, 15,6 percent of all homicides in the country were committed by law enforcement agents. Just in Rio de Janeiro state, and just in January 2019, police have killed 160 people.
A bill dubbed “anticrime package” which the Bolsonaro's government is proposing in Congress could potentially increase those already-staggering figures. The bill seeks to change several directives that will either scrape or significantly reduce penalties of police and military officers when they kill someone while on duty.
The circumstances of the murder of Evaldo, a 51-year-old black man, is not an exception but the rule in Brazil, as Samira Bueno and Renato Sérgio de Lima, directors of the Brazilian Forum of Public Security, have said in an article for Folha de São Paulo:
Evaldo has had his life taken from him by those who had sworn to defend it. His son will never be over the trauma of watching his father being shot at by state agents. But let us be clear that the fault lies not only with those who have pulled the trigger. Either we start holding the entire chain of command accountable to their acts, or we will continue to count our dead while discrediting our institutions.

March 11, 2019

I didn’t Know What Golden Showers are Until I was 28 The President of Brazil Knows it Well, He’s Been Tweeting About It

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By Gabriel Stargardter
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 6 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has sparked shock and outrage by tweeting a video showing one man urinating on another during his country's massive annual street carnival.
"What is a golden shower?" Bolsonaro tweeted on Wednesday, a day after posting the video in which a barely dressed party-goer writhes atop a bus shelter, plays with his behind, and then bends over before another man urinates on his head.
"I do not feel comfortable showing this, but ... this is what many of the street parties in Brazil's carnival have turned into," Bolsonaro tweeted about the video, which local media said was filmed at a Sao Paulo street party, or bloco.
A former army captain, Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 as the head of a right-wing government after years of stirring controversy with homophobic, misogynistic and racist comments.
It remains to be seen whether he will face consequences over the posts. Leftist lawmaker Paulo Teixeira said on Twitter he would ask prosecutors to investigate whether Bolsonaro had broken privacy laws.
Twitter said in a statement that any violations of its content rules were "subject to appropriate measures," but declined to say whether the post constituted a violation.
Critics said Bolsonaro's tweets showed he was more focused on riling his progressive critics than building consensus in Congress for necessary reforms, such as an overhaul of the country's budget-busting pension system.
In a statement, Brazil's presidency defended Bolsonaro for posting a video that it said scandalized the whole country.
"There was no intention to criticize the carnival in a generic way, but rather to characterize a clear distortion of its spirit," it said.
Brazil's most famous carnival celebrations take place in Rio de Janeiro, where Bolsonaro was a federal congressman for nearly three decades.
This year's carnival has become increasingly politicized in the wake of Bolsonaro's election and the 2018 murder of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco, a gay and black rights activist whose murder remains unsolved.
Rio's Mangueira samba school, which placed commemorations of Franco at the forefront of its parade, on Wednesday was announced as the winner of the carnival's annual competition, ensuring her legacy would live on and adding to the politicized atmosphere. (Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter Additional reporting by Alberto Alerigi, Lais Martins and Eduardo Simoes Editing by Howard Goller and Leslie Adler)

February 19, 2019

Right Wing Brazil New President Attacks Gay Rights

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 In President Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, boys will be boys and girls will be girls. And that’s an order.

Damares Alves, the evangelical pastor who serves as Bolsonaro’s minister of women and family, declared on her first day in office that, in the new Brazil, “girls wear pink and boys wear blue.”

“Girls will be princesses and boys will be princes,” she added. “There will be no more ideological indoctrination of children and teenagers in Brazil.”

Bolsonaro’s minister of education, Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez, shut down a section of the ministry devoted to diversity and human rights. He has said he is against the discussion of “gender theory” — which studies gender identity — in the classroom.

Bolsonaro, too, has left no question about where he stands on these issues.

“We will unite people, value the family, respect religions and our Judeo-Christian tradition, combat gender ideology and rescue our values,” Bolsonaro said at his New Year’s Day inauguration.

The administration’s actions are raising concerns among liberals, who are bracing for policies embraced by a president who once said he’d prefer a dead son to a gay son. Last month, Jean Wyllys, Brazil’s only openly gay congressman, gave up his seat and fled the country amid death threats and hateful messages. 

Over the past 10 years, Brazil’s LGBT population secured a number of civil rights victories in the courts, from same-sex marriage in 2013 to legal transgender name and gender changes in 2018. But as the LGBT community gained new rights, Brazil was growing more conservative. One-third of the country is now evangelical, up from 15 percent in 2000, according to the Datafolha, a local pollster. . 

This change has been reflected in Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical caucus, which now claims 1 in 6 members in Brazil’s lower house, making it the most conservative National Congress since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1984. 

Under Bolsonaro, the new Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights declined to add the LGBT community as a group explicitly protected by its mandate. Last month, the health official who headed the nation’s HIV-prevention task force was fired, apparently for authorizing a campaign aimed at educating transgender Brazilians. 

Gender and sexuality have become a primary target for evangelical groups over the past decade. A question about trans culture on a high school standardized test, for example, drew widespread criticism from Brazil’s growing religious right, which argued that gender education had gone too far. In 2017, the government decided to withdraw mentions of gender identity from curriculums. Some conservative politicians in state and city governments are now pushing for a ban on any discussions of gender diversity and sexual orientation in the classroom. 

A couple kisses during a mass wedding ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec. 15. Same-sex couples in the country are rushing to get married over fears that their rights could soon be taken away. (Fernando Bizerra/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

“Gender ideology is a field of study with no scientific backing that causes confusion for children in development because it negates the biological identity of the child and destroys distinctions between masculine and feminine. It is an extremely grave social experiment,” said Cleber Cabral Siedschlag, coordinator of Front for the Defense of Christian Family Values, a conservative group against the teaching of liberal ideology in schools.

Beyond the classroom, LGBT groups worry the election of Bolsonaro will give new life to bills calling for their rights to be revoked or curtailed. These bills, until now, have languished in Brazil’s National Congress.

One such bill seeks to define a family as a relationship between a man and a woman, which the LGBT community fears could have implications for health care, adoption and welfare benefits. Evangelical backers of Bolsonaro are also pushing for a new airing of a bathroom law that would compel people to use the restrooms associated with their biological sex. 

The bills face uphill battles given centrist and left-wing opposition, but critics say the new government’s aggressive stance is nevertheless fueling a toxic atmosphere for people in the LGBT community. 

In recent years, killings of LGBT Brazilians have soared, trend activists say is getting worse as homophobic rhetoric finds an official perch.

Hate crimes in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, peaked in the months leading up to October’s presidential election, as Bolsonaro, once a fringe politician, entered the mainstream. The city registered an average of 16 hate crime cases a day in August, September, and October, more than triple the daily average for the first half of the year, according to a tally of police reports obtained by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper using freedom of information requests. Homophobic hate crimes, in particular, rose 75 percent during those months. 

Last year, Bolsonaro said he rejected the votes of anyone who was violent. But experts monitoring hate crimes say they are becoming more frequent.

On Dec. 21, Anderson de Sousa Lima, 25, was walking down Avenida Paulista, the street that hosts Brazil’s largest annual pride parade, with his husband of three years, Plinio Lima. When a man behind them started shouting homophobic slurs, saying they should die, his husband confronted the man, he said.

The man stabbed Plinio with a Swiss Army knife, he said. 

Anderson watched as his husband stumbled backward, grabbed Anderson’s hand and said, “I’ve been stabbed.” In moments, his black shirt was soaked in blood and he fell to the ground, where he bled to death in his husband’s arms. 

“He took away his life, but my life ended. I don’t know what I will do without him,” said Anderson, who said he had never suffered any aggression in the past. He blamed the current political climate, in part, for the attack. 

“All it took was Bolsonaro to be voted into office for this to happen,” he said. “It’s not all his fault — people are born this way — but it created a revolt. Brazil was accepting things, but now I see the situation is getting worse.” 

The climate for the LGBT community is so fearful that hundreds of couples, on the suggestion of the Brazilian Bar Association, have rushed to marry in the months since Bolsonaro’s victory in October, fearing the 2013 court decision that deemed same-sex marriage legal is at risk. Bolsonaro has called the decision “a blow to family unity and family values.” 

In June of 2018, Brazil’s courts ruled that transgender people could change their genders and names at registrars offices without undergoing physical exams — another hard-won victory for the LGBT community. But that, too, activists fear, could be under siege. That threat has lead to a stampede of transgender Brazilians seeking to register their new names and genders.

Sol Rocha, a 25-year-old veterinarian, and a trans woman have been doing odd jobs to save the $100 she’ll have to pay in fees to change her legal gender from male to female. 

“For me, it’s very important to do this as quickly as possible, to get my documents as quickly as possible,” she said, “because I know that soon we won’t be able to do this.”


Anthony FaiolaAnthony Faiola is The Washington Post’s South America/Caribbean bureau chief. Since joining the paper in 1994, he has served as bureau chief in Berlin, London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and New York. He has also covered global economics from Washington. 
Marina LopesMarina Lopes is the Washington Post's Brazil correspondent. Before joining the paper she reported for Reuters in Mozambique, New York, and Washington D.C. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. 

January 4, 2019

Nikki Haley Praises Brazil President as He Goes After the LGBT Community on His First Day

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 Haley and Brazil's New President Bolsonaro

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is receiving flak on Twitter for praising the election of Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing politician who has made homophobic and racist statements, to the presidency of Brazil.
"Congratulations to Brazil’s new President Bolsonaro," Haley tweeted on Tuesday. "It’s great to have another U.S.-friendly leader in South America, who will join the fight against dictatorships in Venezuela and Cuba, and who clearly understands the danger of China’s expanding influence in the region." Many quickly took to Twitter to express their displeasure with Haley's praise.
"Told female lawmaker she wasn't pretty enough to rape. Would rather son be dead than gay. Praised Brazil's former dictatorship, but chided them for not simply executing dissidents rather than torturing them. Brags about evading taxes. Calls immigrants 'scum.' You've got a type," tweeted Dennis Perkins of The AV Club.
Medhi Hasan, a columnist from The Intercept, tweeted that "GOP ‘moderate’ Nikki Haley praises Brazilian neo-fascist Bolsonaro."
Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas had a similar observation, tweeting that "Bolsonaro is transparently trying to become Brazil’s dictator. He is a far-right neo-fascist. He has openly advocated for the government to murder tens of thousands of Brazilians. He also compared indigenous people to animals in a zoo, bashed gay people, and 'joked' about rape." Gabe Ortiz from Daily Kos perhaps summed up the consensus view by tweeting, ".@NikkiHaley, @SecPompeo cheer as Bolsonaro leads Brazil into an era of racism, sexism and violent homophobia."
Bolsonaro has made a number of controversial and hateful statements. In 2011, he told Playboy Magazine that "I would be incapable of loving a homosexual son. I won’t be a hypocrite: I prefer a son to die in an accident than show up with a mustachioed guy. He’d be dead to me anyway."
Three years later, he insulted a congresswoman by saying that "she doesn’t deserve to be raped because she’s very ugly. She’s not my type. I would never rape her. I’m not a rapist, but if I were, I wouldn’t rape her because she doesn’t deserve it." In 2017, Bolsonaro insulted residents of a quilombo (a community comprised of the descendants of escaped slaves) by saying, "They don’t do anything! I don’t think they even serve for procreation anymore." A year after that, he pretended to fire a machine gun while proclaiming that "we’re going to execute the Workers’ Party members here!"
He followed up on his offensive campaign remarks with a striking pair of executive orders targeting LGBT and indigenous people in Brazil on his first day in office, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday:
One of the orders issued late Tuesday, hours after his inauguration, likely will make it all but impossible for new lands to be identified and demarcated for indigenous communities. Areas set aside for "Quilombolas," as descendants of former slaves are known, are also affected by the decision.
Another order removed the concerns of the LGBT community from consideration by the new human rights ministry.
Praise for Bolsonaro wasn't the only controversial tweet that Haley sent out in her waning hours as America's ambassador to the United Nations.
On Tuesday she stirred up sympathy among conservatives by tweeting, "Due to State Dept rules that were changed by the outgoing administration, I have had to clear my personal Twitter account that I have had for years. The followers, the history, the pictures, and all other content. Please refollow and retweet this to your friends. Here’s to 2019!"
Later that day she also tweeted, "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official. ❤️

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