Tag Archive | Brazil

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 […]

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 […]