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Monday, 12 November 2018 23:24

Brazilian LGBT people are frightened but vow to resist proud homophobic president Jair Bolsonaro

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Just as after Americans elected President Donald Trump, the Brazilian LGBT community is determined to resist against its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, under the slogan “Ele Nao E Meu Presidente” (“He is not my president”).

We know well far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his homophobic remarks. In three decades, he has insulted LGBT people repeatedly.

One day he even said, “Yes, I’m homophobic and very proud of it.”

During this year’s presidential campaign, Bolsonaro made his hate speech to the LGBT community more pronounced.

Bolsonaro’s culture of hate had helped to free up speech against LGBT individuals. Discrimination developped in Brazil even if it has existed for a long time.

“It’s as if the gates of hell have been opened as if hunting season had been declared,” said Beto de Jesus, a veteran LGBT activist and founder of São Paulo’s Pride parade. “It’s barbarism.”

By mid-September, there were over 300 people killed in anti-LGBT hate crimes. 2018 is about to be the deadliest year for the Brazilian LGBT community after 2017 and 380 murders.

But LGBT people are determined to resist. “Nobody is going back into the closet. We will resist,” LGBT activists said.

The organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have lent their support and determination to protect human rights.

José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said, "Brazil has independent judges, dedicated prosecutors, and public defenders, courageous journalists and a vibrant civil society.

“Human Rights Watch will join them in resisting any attempt to erode the rights and democratic institutions that Brazil has built with so much effort over the past three decades.”

Amnesty International’s Director for the Americas, Erika Guevara-Rosas, said: "The president-elect has campaigned with an openly anti-human-rights agenda and frequently made discriminatory statements about different groups of society.

"His election as Brazil's president could pose a huge risk to Indigenous Peoples and quilombolas, traditional rural communities, LGBTI people, black youth, women, activists, and civil society organizations if his rhetoric is transformed in public policy.

“With the electoral process now over, we all face the challenge of protecting human rights for everyone in Brazil.”

Brazil’s LGBT community is determined to resist its new homophobic president for their rights and for human rights.

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