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Brazil lawmaker to defy government order, will call for vote on LGBT discrimination bill

Monday, December 16, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil — A Brazilian lawmaker plans to defy her government orders and call for a vote on a bill that would prohibit discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Ana Rita

Ana Rita

The bill calls for up to three years in prison for anyone found guilty of such offenses.

Senator Ana Rita, a member of the ruling Labor Party (PT), is expected to call for the vote on Wednesday, despite explicit instructions by Ideli Salvatti, Brazil’s Minister of Institutional Relations, not to initiate a vote until well after the next year’s presidential election.

According to reports, Salvatti issued the instruction last week under the instruction of President Dilma Rousseff.

The country’s powerful evangelical lobby warned that any moves to vote for the bill will be penalized by their crucial voting block, and thus damage the chances of the President to be re-elected.

“Nearly half of all the yearly recorded LGBT murders around the world occur in Brazil,” said Luiz Henrique Coletto, Vice President of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil (LiHS) and an independent LGBT activist, in a statement to LGBTQ Nation.

According to the campaign group Grupo Gay da Bahia, 44 percent of the world’s anti-LGBT violence occurs in Brazil, with one LGBT person murdered ever 21 hours.

This year alone, 292 LGBT people have been murdered in Brazil, while 2012 saw a 21 percent increase in murders over 2011.

“The bill has been stalled for 12 years, during which over 2,000 LGBT people have been murdered,” said Coletto. “The government is trying to promote the country ahead of the World Cup and the Olympics, but stalls a law that would protect its own citizens and visitors.”

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Brazil is scheduled to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Thousands of Brazilian LGBT rights campaigners are expected protest on Tuesday in São Paulo, and hundreds are expected to attend the vote in Brasilia on Wednesday.

A petition has been organized by the U.S.-based activist group AllOut to ask Brazilian lawmakers and the President to vote for the law on Wednesday.

“The anti-discrimination law will send a powerful message that gays, lesbians, bisexual and trans people in Brazil are fully protected by Brazilian law,” Andre Banks, Executive Director of All Out, told LGBTQ Nation.

“The Brazilian Congress cannot continue to delay a discussion that is so critical for the life and safety of millions of Brazilians,” said Banks.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Muito bom!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:55am
  2. Great go for

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:56am
  3. Yes!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:29am
  4. ha…the evangelical group of deputies will give their best to try to stop it… Those cancers.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:12am
  5. The EVangelicals ???

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:35am
  6. Awesome!! I wish politicians in America were as courageous and noble-hearted as she is.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:58am
  7. Wonderful…this is needed before the summer olympics. This is needed now in Russia!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:07pm
  8. this is needed everywhere

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:03pm
  9. its needed everywhere.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:33am
  10. Happy for all my friends in Brasil! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:16pm
  11. Bravo

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:26pm
  12. BRAVO….!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:30pm
  13. Brasil O/

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:05pm
  14. courage in a sea of cowards:)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:39pm
  15. Cancers???? Evangelical group of deputies??? What do you say to something as ignorant as that? All you can do is pray that God will somehow open up their hearts so that they won’t be so afraid of the differences that exist in this world and so that they can be finally free to welcome everyone just as God Himself would without hesitation. I once read somewhere that God hates a hypocrite. Hmmm… smdh

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:46pm
  16. I’m happy for seeing something about my country in this page <3 ahhh

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:52pm
  17. great :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:26pm
  18. Brave humans never gives up! Way to go.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:32pm
  19. My fellow Brasilian gives me hope.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:25pm
  20. Way to take the path least traveled and stand for equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:10pm
  21. I’m a gay. I am worried that I will never get the chance to live life to open in Pakistan. I was a corporal injuries I do not see any way to your helplessness if one does funny if everyone who can help me.
    What a crime to be gay? . I do not see any way out other than suicide if I do not commit suicide because they were gay, I would be a hit.Please could you let me into your country. I can not marry a boy living in Pakistan. I can not live openly and frankly I can not work. I read every right to live if I was male. Please please please help me
    I assure you and I will meet your expectations in every way
    Thanks
    Sufyan meraj

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:33pm