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Brazil shelves anti-LGBT discrimination bill amid record number of murders

Friday, December 13, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian lawmakers on Friday shelved a draft law that would have prohibited discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The measure has been stalled for years in the senate and congress, despite Brazil having one of the highest murder rates of LGBT people in the world.

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

Ideli Salvatti, Brazil’s Minister of Institutional Relations, instructed the ruling party’s senators shelve the bill until after next year’s presidential election.

The move comes after Senators managed on Wednesday to read the bill’s report in the Senate’s Committee for Human Rights, despite an attempt by the Evangelical lobby to get members not to attend the meeting so as to invalidate the procedure.

That meant the last hurdle was overcome with an imminent vote due next week in the Senate on the bill, without any further possible delay tactics by the evangelical lobby.

According to reports, Minister Salvatti acted under the instruction of President Dilma Rousseff to prevent this from happening.

The evangelical lobby warned any moves to vote for the bill will be penalized by their crucial voting block.

“There’s no point having coffee with [religious] ministers, visiting churches and after the elections, defend projects against the family, as conceived by God,” said Senator and Baptist minister Magno Malta.

“We will position ourselves against politicians that defend this homosexual ideology. In the [previous] second presidential run-off all the country stood with Dilma, but now nobody will use me again,” warned Malta.

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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.

“Once again the Federal Government headed by President Dilma has given in to pressure by the Evangelical Lobby,” 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.

“The bill has been stalled for 12 years has cost so many lives, politicians and religious people delaying this crucial legislation have thus blood on their hands,” said Coletto.

“If this country is not safe for our own people considering anti-gay violence, how can it be safe for people coming for the world cup and the Olympics? I call upon FIFA and IOC to raise this issue immediately with the Brazilian government,” Paulo Roberto, an attorney and member of GADvS (Group of Lawyers for Sexual Diversity), told LGBTQ Nation.

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

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  1. One more reason to be ashamed :’(

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:17am
  2. Another 3rd world country in regard to human rights

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:21am
  3. That’s so stupid..Just seems like they need to pass it all the quicker.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:22am
  4. Fact is, they’re ignoring reality. I lived there for almost five years, and sticking your heads in the sand doesn’t change facts.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:28am
  5. There is no such thing as a homosexual ideology …
    There is only a homophobic ideology ;)

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:33am
  6. “Oh no, it’s getting worse! Well, guess we should throw in the towel.”

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:35am
  7. One more reason to say that I am ashamed of my country

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:50am
  8. TERRIBLE

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:04am
  9. Because god is all about allowing people to kill and brutalize other people. God forbid you enact a law to stop violence. That just wouldn’t be the Christian thing to do! -_-

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:18am
  10. Another country to avoid

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:33am
  11. Some background on the matter:

    - For a largely developing, middle-income country, Brazil has proven remarkably progressive on the legal front, particularly into the past decade or thereabouts. They even sponsored the Brazilian Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Human Rights in 2003. Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as of this past May due to a Supreme Federal Court ruling, which in turn built off of a 2011 ruling expanding civil unions.

    As far as Congress in Brazil is concerned, long story short, let’s just it makes the U.S. Congress look like a paragon of efficiency. They can barely manage to pass bills behind which a strong consensus occurs, so the idea that something as relatively niche as LGBT rights is going to make it through…that’s pretty much a pipe dream. Also, the violence is a huge problem, no doubt.

    TL;DR: The situation on LGBT rights in Brazil is very nuanced and complicated…more so than in just about any other country, really. This is important to note before rashly judging based on one discrete development like this.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00am
  12. Agreed, 100%.

    Replied on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:47pm
  13. Stupid fuckers.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:04am
  14. Hope the IOC, UN and EU could raise the LGBT issue in BRASIL

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:15am
  15. Its just amazes me how screwed up people are. A human life is a human life and should be protected regardless of sex, race or sexual orientation. God is going to have a field day with all those so called Christians/ religious people that commit hate and throw stones at his children. God sees the bigotry and hypocrisy being commited.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:24am
  16. yes he does and beleive me when his children get murdered and brutalized he just might not be happy with his creation anymore,he might very well destroy us because of hateful people that are CONFUSED and think the truth is backwards...morons!!!

    Replied on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:54am
  17. yes they should pass it soon,if not gays are done murdered already over there because it would mean its legal.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:44am
  18. legal to kill

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:44am
  19. It ain't legal to kill here.

    Replied on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:47pm
  20. i dont care how you want to justify it because of sexual orientation,killing is killing and it should be illegal.,oh yeah,AND ITS EVIL.DUH.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:45am
  21. the evangelicals deputies are to blame for that.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:47am
  22. That’s just so wrong. I know what country to NOT go visit.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:51am
  23. So sad

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:04am
  24. I’ll never travel there…

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:11am
  25. WTF—People have to start to car and raise caine about it.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4:36am
  26. What can we expect from a banana republic such as Brazil anyway.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:01am
  27. i knew it i knew brazil was a twisted country

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:35am
  28. Time to boycott the Word Cup!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 6:57am
  29. sad and sickening

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00am
  30. Shame on you Brazil … You are still 3rd world !

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:56am
  31. No shit, Sherlock.

    Replied on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:46pm
  32. Oii..alguem me add?

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:44am
  33. I’m brazilian and I feel really sad to read this…

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:32pm
  34. So sad….how does this stop the killing of innocent LGBT Brazilians????

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:54pm
  35. People who kill each other are still going to be punished, regardless of the approval of this bill.

    Replied on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:46pm
  36. Of all places…BRAZIL!!! WTH!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4:16pm
  37. One reason I disliked all the praise and wonderment from people posting about Rio De Janeiro pride festivities earlier this year. It’s hypocrisy since all people were doing is detracting from the truth of the matter. Brazil shouldn’t be seen as a destination for LGBT people, pride or not. They don’t deserve your money and tourism until shit gets changed there and they start taking human lives and dignity seriously.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 6:06pm
  38. the Brazilian government and own president changed the approval by vote of the evangelical group, the government is corrupt.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 6:49pm
  39. Absolutely ridiculous & shows complete ignorance at its best……looks like I will NEVER go to Brazil!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:53pm
  40. Let’s face it: the Catholic Church and the rising, increasingly powerful evangelicals are getting their way in blocking any LGBTQ-friendly legislation in Brasil. It’s tragic. Right now, evangelicals continue to spread their poison throughout Latin America. It’s frightening.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:16pm
  41. Come on Brasil!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:31pm
  42. Because that makes a whole lot of sense…. *rolls eyes*

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:34pm
  43. Hey, if we are talking about the PL122, then it is a good thing that it turned that damn thing down. It threatens our freedom of speech.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:44pm
  44. Russia needs to do the same as Brazil!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:50pm
  45. This is becoming a war, and perhaps it is time that LGBT people learn from the European Jews and homosexuals, Poles and Roma of the Third Reich.. or, rather, learn from their mistakes. They didn’t fight and were interned, so the lesson is ORGANISE! ARM OURSELVES! BE READY TO KILL TO DEFEND OURSELVES AND OUR LOVED ONES!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:06am
  46. :(

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:41pm
  47. Cowards.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:42pm
  48. What a shame.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:47pm
  49. There is a dark force around the world trying to get rid of us. We cannot continue our complacency. Stand up! Shout! Do what you have to! NEVER AGAIN!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:50pm
  50. What religious control of things will do for humanity.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:51pm
  51. Brazilia! Shame on you. You profess to be an industrialized, democratic state yet the actions of your murderers speak louder than your words. You are not a democracy, you are a theocracy, let us be clear. The religious lunatics run your government, not the people of Brazil. Shame on you.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:53pm
  52. shame

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10:22pm
  53. fucking cowards

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10:47pm
  54. When the going gets tough, Brazil runs away from the problem.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:58pm
  55. 3rd world ppl are 3rd world!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:17am
  56. I love brazil but this makes me sad

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:10am
  57. BRAZIL! A re you kidding me….that’s like one of the most gayest countries there is….the men are EXTREMELY HOT!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:08am
  58. Shameful

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:41am
  59. Let’s start whacking off all The hate groups, they obviously do not care for the well being of our LGBT brothers & sisters and I am down right pissed off… Have to protect and stand for one another in all parts of the world… This can not be tolerated

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:35am
  60. Do not travel there if your LBGT your not safe!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:11pm
  61. Ah religion, making the world a better, equal and more loving place since…….?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:27pm
  62. How the fuck can they say they’re agains this so called “homosexual ideology”? The only ideology we’re fighting for is to be treated like human beings and the right to walk down the street without getting butchered by a homophobic mob.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:00pm