Tag Archive | Brazil

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 […]

Brazil: Homophobia – Top court to decide key cases

Brazil: Homophobia – Top court to decide key cases

Brazil’s supreme court is expected to rule Wednesday on a pair of cases that could determine whether homophobia and transphobia should be considered criminal offences. The cases, brought by Brazilian rights group, ABGLT, and the Popular Socialist Party, ask the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) to acknowledge the “unconstitutional delay” of Brazil’s Congress in criminalizing violence […]

Brazil: LGBT+ politicians prepare for battle with Bolsonaro

Brazil: LGBT+ politicians prepare for battle with Bolsonaro

When he realised Jair Bolsonaro was likely to be elected president of Brazil last year, politician, David Miranda’s first concern was for his family, rather than his career. As an openly gay man adopting two children, Miranda worried that Bolsonaro could revoke many of Brazil’s LGBT+ rights, including gay adoption. Just three months later, the […]

Brazil: Gay congressman flees, citing death threats

Brazil: Gay congressman flees, citing death threats

A prominent gay congressman in Brazil announced on Thursday that he was leaving his job, and fleeing the country, because of increased death threats made against him. Jean Wyllys, the country’s second openly-gay congressman, told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that he had left Brazil, and was going to work in academia, with no […]

South America: Favoured Destination for LGBT+ migrants fleeing persecution

South America: Favoured Destination for LGBT+ migrants fleeing persecution

Growing up in Jamaica’s Montego Bay, Glenroy enjoyed an idyllic childhood – until his family discovered he was gay. They physically attacked him, and threw him out of the house, triggering an ordeal that would last more than two years, and eventually force him to seek refuge thousands of miles (km) away in Argentina.

Brazil: Gay men claim football for their own

Brazil: Gay men claim football for their own

Growing up gay in Vitoria, a city of almost 2 million in south-eastern Brazil, Joao Paulo Silvares never really liked playing football, the country’s national sport and passion. “I was scared to play, because it wasn’t somewhere I felt comfortable”, Silvares, 34, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “In Brazil, I think that it’s a bit […]