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‘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 […]

Brazil: LGBT+ film funding row lands minister in court

Brazil: LGBT+ film funding row lands minister in court

Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against the citizenship minister for suspending government funding for films, which they said was motivated by discrimination against LGBT+ people. Brazil’s film agency ANCINE halted around R$70 million ($17 million) in grants in August that were set to fund about 80 films, four of which were about the gay community. […]

Brazil: Prosecutor orders indictments in gay councilwoman murder

Brazil: Prosecutor orders indictments in gay councilwoman murder

(Reuters) – Brazil’s top public prosecutor on Tuesday ordered five people indicted over sabotaging efforts to investigate the assassination of a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, and said federal investigators would take over the case. In comments to reporters on her last day in office, Brazil’s prosecutor general, Raquel Dodge, said she would charge two […]

Brazil:  Supreme Court rules homophobia a crime

Brazil: Supreme Court rules homophobia a crime

(Reuters) – The Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on Thursday last that homophobia should be criminalised under existing legislation, until Congress creates a specific law for the subject, weighing in on a topic that has drawn the ire of President Jair Bolsonaro. Eight of 11 justices voted to treat homophobia in the same way as racism […]

Brazil:  Top court rules to make homophobia a crime

Brazil: Top court rules to make homophobia a crime

A majority of judges in Brazil’s top court has voted to criminalise homophobia, in a move welcomed by campaigners concerned about a rollback in gay rights, and the murder of hundreds of LGBT+ people every year. Six of 11 of Brazil’s Supreme Court judges late Thursday agreed that acts of homophobia and transphobia should be […]

Brazil: Amid fear, LGBT+ politicians vow to fight back against attacks

Brazil: Amid fear, LGBT+ politicians vow to fight back against attacks

Brazilian openly-gay politician, Fabio Felix, used to feel comfortable holding his boyfriend’s hand and kissing him in public, but after the swearing in of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro nearly six months ago, he now sometimes thinks twice. Brazil’s LGBT+ politicians have said they face a backlash and setbacks in their rights under the conservative government […]