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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 […]

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

When Valeria Rodrigues accompanies Brazilian police on dawn raids to rescue transgender women trafficked into prostitution, she goes armed with snacks – chocolate, bread, pieces of fruit. The 39-year-old transgender woman knows that the victims they find will be tired and hungry after a night on the streets. She also speaks their language, Pajuba, a […]

Brazil: Homophobic remarks by president may harm tourism industry

Brazil: Homophobic remarks by president may harm tourism industry

A comment from President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil must not become a “gay tourism paradise” sparked concerns that LGBT+ people will avoid travelling to the country, fearing violence, campaigners and industry representatives said on Friday. During a talk with reporters on Thursday, Bolsonaro said that Brazil should avoid being known as a gay destination because […]

Brazil: Police take down trafficking ring targeting trans women

Brazil: Police take down trafficking ring targeting trans women

Police in Brazil have dismantled a human trafficking ring that targeted transgender women, offering to cover the cost of surgery, then forcing them into prostitution to pay for it, authorities said on Wednesday. At least 38 transgender women were found in brothels in Ribeirao Preto, a city in Sao Paulo state, where the traffickers had […]

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Growing up in an evangelical Christian family in Brazil, life was pretty tough for Ariel Nobre. Designated female at birth, the 31-year-old transgender man was sent to a gay conversion therapy centre when he was just 18. “They wanted to cure me”, Nobre told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I stayed there six months. After I […]