Tag Archive | Brazil

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 […]

Brazil: Football campaign against gay prejudice

Brazil: Football campaign against gay prejudice

(Reuters) – The untimely death of Kobe Bryant has led to a campaign against homophobia in Brazilian football. Bryant wore the no. 24 shirt for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday has hastened a debate over a shirt number that is often eschewed by Brazilian footballers […]

Brazil: Group claim attack on ‘gay Jesus’ comedy troupe

Brazil: Group claim attack on ‘gay Jesus’ comedy troupe

(Reuters) – A Christmas Eve fire-bomb attack on offices of a comedy troupe that produced a ‘gay Jesus’ Netflix special, is being investigated as an attempted homicide, police said on Thursday, a day after a shadowy group claimed responsibility, in a video that included a far-right religious statement. A group identifying itself as ‘Popular Nationalist […]

Brazil: Netflix ‘gay Jesus’ film sparks backlash

Brazil: Netflix ‘gay Jesus’ film sparks backlash

A comedy on Netflix depicting Jesus as a gay man has prompted widespread anger in Brazil with almost two million people signing a petition calling on the streaming service to remove the show. “The First Temptation of Christ” was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group, Porta dos Fundos, and portrays Jesus bringing home his presumed […]

Brazil: Gay marriage soared ahead of Bolsonaro presidency

Brazil: Gay marriage soared ahead of Bolsonaro presidency

Gay Brazilians rushed to the altar ahead of President Jair Bolsonaro taking office, according to newly released data that campaigners say reflected fears the incoming leader would clamp down on their rights. Same-sex marriage in Brazil rose 62% in 2018, and a fifth of the 9,520 gay weddings took place in December, according to Brazil’s […]

‘We stand and we resist’ – Brazil’s first LGBT+ bank

‘We stand and we resist’ – Brazil’s first LGBT+ bank

The head of Brazil’s first bank for gay and trans people said on Thursday that he aimed to tap into an overlooked market, combat prejudice, and support social issues that matter to LGBT+ people. Marcio Orlandi Jr., chief executive of Pride Bank, which launched in beta testing mode this week, said other banks were failing […]

Brazil: Bolsonaro rejects link to murder of gay councilwoman

Brazil: Bolsonaro rejects link to murder of gay councilwoman

(Reuters) – Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, on Wednesday deplored a TV network’s report, linking him with a former police officer accused of assassinating a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, and threatened to cancel the broadcaster’s licence. TV Globo, Brazil’s largest TV network, reported on Tuesday that just hours before the March 2018 murder, the suspect […]