Tag Archive | Brazil

Brazil: Gay Brazilian governor eyes presidency

Brazil: Gay Brazilian governor eyes presidency

Gay Brazilian governor and presidential hopeful, Eduardo Leite, said he expects to encounter anti-LGBT+ rhetoric, as he bids to unseat President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right firebrand, who once described himself as a “proud homophobe”. Leite, 36, who is governor of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, came out on television last week, leading rivals […]

Brazil: Presidential hopeful comes out

Brazil: Presidential hopeful comes out

(Reuters) – Brazilian governor and potential major party presidential candidate, Eduardo Leite, a prominent critic of President Jair Bolsonaro, came out as gay in a TV interview. Leite, governor of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, would be the first openly gay presidential candidate in Brazil. Anti-gay rhetoric has been a staple of […]

Brazil: Judge questions confederation over possible anti-gay prejudice

Brazil: Judge questions confederation over possible anti-gay prejudice

A Rio de Janeiro judge has given the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) 48 hours to explain why none of their players at the Copa America are wearing the No. 24 shirt, the number often associated with homosexuals in the country. Reigning champions Brazil have registered a full squad of players for the Copa America, but […]

Brazil: Churches under fire for LGBT+ Lenten support

Brazil: Churches under fire for LGBT+ Lenten support

A group of major Brazilian churches came under fire for supporting LGBT+ people for the first time, in an annual Lent fundraising campaign that launched on Wednesday, in which they said homophobia leads to murder. Every year the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference (CNBB) kicks off a Fraternity Campaign on Ash Wednesday, with a message from Pope […]

Brazil: Threats against trans councilwomen stir violence fears

Brazil: Threats against trans councilwomen stir violence fears

Threats against several transgender councilwomen in Brazil’s largest city in recent days have raised fears of a surge in transphobic violence in the country, where reported murders of trans people rose steeply last year. Sao Paulo police are investigating possible links between three incidents, which the councilwomen said could point to an upswing in transphobia, […]

Brazil: Lawmaker proposes trans jobs quota

Brazil: Lawmaker proposes trans jobs quota

A Brazilian lawmaker announced a bill on Friday that would require big companies to reserve 3% of their jobs for transgender employees, a step he said would help trans people escape poverty and marginalisation. Neighboring Argentina passed a law last year, reserving 1% of public sector jobs for trans workers, but the law drafted by […]

Brazil: Drag queens to grace Vogue magazine cover

Brazil: Drag queens to grace Vogue magazine cover

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 publication in a nation where openly gay and trans people face violence and discrimination. Grammy-nominated singer, Pabllo Vittar, and rapper, Gloria Groove, will each appear on separate covers of […]

Brazil: Bolsonaro attacking Supreme Court

Brazil: Bolsonaro attacking Supreme Court

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 public servant from the centre-west state of Goias, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It’s my right as a human being to help people […]

Gay, trans Brazilians pummeled by coronavirus economic crisis

Gay, trans Brazilians pummeled by coronavirus economic crisis

One in four unemployed gay and trans Brazilians have lost their jobs recently during the coronavirus outbreak, a survey released on Sunday found, showing that joblessness among LGBT+ Brazilians is almost double the nation’s overall rate. Four in 10 LGBT+ people, and more than half of transgender people, said they would not be able to […]

Brazil: Supreme Court throws out rules that limit gay men donating blood

Brazil: Supreme Court throws out rules that limit gay men donating blood

Brazil’s Supreme Court has overturned rules that limit gay and bisexual men from donating blood, in a decision considered a human rights victory for LGBT+ people in the country. The move came as more nations review restrictions on blood donations imposed during the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis, with some countries imposing blanket bans, some waiting periods […]