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Brazil, where 44% of world’s anti-LGBT violence occurs, kills discrimination bill

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BRASILIA — Brazil’s lawmakers on Wednesday killed a draft bill that would have prohibited discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote on the Senate’s floor rejected both the draft bill and excluded the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity from a review of Brazil’s penal code.

BrazilTwenty-nine senators voted to reject the bill, 12 voted in favor and 2 abstained.

Brazil’s LGBT activists had hoped that if the bill was defeated it could be incorporated into the country’s penal code reform.

But the country’s powerful evangelical lobby blocked the effort with an amendment deleting mentions of sexual orientation and gender identity, which they claimed are neither firm nor stable concepts in legislative context.

Evangelical leader and pastor Silas Malafia celebrated the bill’s defeat on Twitter: “You can swear, we’re hahahaha plc122 [the bill outlawing LGBT discrimination] is dead, hahahha try something else and wait a few years hahahaaha, if God laughs at the wicked, imagine me, hahahaha.”

According to the campaign group Grupo Gay da Bahia, 44 percent of the world’s anti-LGBT violence occurs in Brazil.

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

“Our chances to add the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity into the penal code are now near impossible,” said Luiz Henrique Coletto, Vice President of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil (LiHS), in a statement to LGBTQ Nation.

“This means that we have no nationwide federal protection against discrimination of, and violence against LGBT people,” he added. “The vote was a clear demonstration anti LGBT prejudice in Brazil.”

Gustavo Bernardes, coordinator of LGBT rights of Brazil’s presidential secretary on human rights, told LGBTQ Nation that government did all it could to support the bill.

“It was a legislative failure,” he said. “There are others motions already being taken” as well as an “appeal to Brazil’s Supreme Court of Justice to force a ruling in favor of protection from discrimination and violence against LGBT people.”

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Bernardes called for the European Union, United States and international bodies to apply pressure on lawmakers and provide financial support for LGBT rights campaigns in the country.

Paulo Roberto, an attorney and member of GADvS (Group of Lawyers for Sexual Diversity), told LGBTQ Nation that “Brazil is in violation of international resolutions and statements where it signed a commitment to protect LGBT citizens, both at the level of the United Nations and Organization of American States.”

“Furthermore,” he added, “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?”

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

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  1. sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:14am
  2. time to boycott Brazilian products. :/

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:14am
  3. What the fuck might that be?

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:41am
  4. That might fucking be; beef, pork, and many fruits and fucking vegetables. That's "what the fuck" that might be. And it's only some of it, but it's a good fucking start. Happy fucking holidays.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:45am
  5. so many fucks :3

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:54am
  6. BESTEIRA nós no Brasil,não dependemos de seus"boicotes"

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:31am
  7. Not a good idea. Gay people in every coutry benefit from enrichment of the country, than "pink money" appears. Besides, gay tourism is a way to make a country more "tolerant". This outrages are happening because of "christian money" and "christian votes", so, don´t boycott, came to brasil to São Paulo gay pride and help Brazialian LGBT ;)

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:46pm
  8. Damn! First boycotting the Sochi games, now I have to boycott the World Cup… fuck!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:16am
  9. Brazil with all it’s diversity , what a shame and wasted opportunity to show the world what a great and upcoming country they truly can be !~

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:17am
  10. I’m so ashamed of my country!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:17am
  11. They are hosting the World Cup next year, and the next Summer Olympics….do you suppose they are allies with Russia?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:17am
  12. Oh no our politics are too ignorant to do so. They are allies with christan radical churches.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:48pm
  13. it would be such a great SIGN of his coming,teehee,if he was to topple that image of him in disgust to brizal…ahh..if only he was real…lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:18am
  14. What is wrong with these people? someone please tell me? They enjoy a good beating of a LGBT person? Good lord..Worse place is Russia…you wouldn’t pay me to go there..

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:19am
  15. … Not-GOOD!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:19am
  16. Brazil, where they came up with a martial art where men roll around half naked on a matt all sweaty for hours.

    Yup, seems legit…..

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:20am
  17. Márcio Rocha

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:20am
  18. yes, that's what I was wanting to talk :/

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:21am
  19. What a shame! ¡que lástima!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:20am
  20. Bastards xxx

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:21am
  21. they treat Indigenous people like shit too, not a surprise

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:21am
  22. BOYCOTT!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:21am
  23. Aghata FMartins :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:22am
  24. Why are you all getting so “butt hurt” about it?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:22am
  25. I’m shocked! Brazil??? Really??? I would’ve never guessed…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:23am
  26. I’m gay and live in Russia bitches getting butt hurt 24 7

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:23am
  27. :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:24am
  28. The world needs to get its shit together.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:25am
  29. I will never spend my there, or on any product from there ….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:25am
  30. somehow appropriate that the “redeemer” is the symbol that Brazil is most famous for.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:25am
  31. What outrages me more about this defeat is that it was defeated by a evangelical lobby.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:28am
  32. That is a ridiculous percentage. Had no idea. Thats very sad and disturbing. I honestly wouldn’t have thought Brazil would have such a problem.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:28am
  33. I´ve always said it here in Brazil,what´s the point in having the world´s biggest LGBT parade when the country is at the top of LGBT death tolls by homo -and specially trans-phobia ? Transexuals have been killed on a daily basis for many decades here and this has spread to gays and lesbians in the last three decades ,who have become more usual targets of violent attacks than before.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:29am
  34. It’s not Brazil, guys! It’s a bunch of religious losers taking control of the Congress, wich is conservative right now.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:30am
  35. does this mean we’re also boycotting the Olympics in Rio too?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:31am
  36. AS SEXUALLY FLUID AS THEY ARE DOWN THERE!? I mean damn really?? 44% Just when I thought I couldn’t add anymore places to not go now Brazil too……Shame.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:31am
  37. Y does brazil hate the LGBT

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:32am
  38. It’s most in Sao Paulo

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:33am
  39. :c

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:37am
  40. I couldn’t finish reading it i started getting teary :-( I’m shocked that countries still allow this happen after all these years.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:38am
  41. Another place I can’t go to…. And people think CIS privilege doesn’t exist.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:38am
  42. This is just beyond idiotic. Your country is full of haters, and yet you refuse to pass a law that makes sure those horrible humans get bit in the butt?? WAKE THE HAY UP PEOPLE! D:<

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:39am
  43. Brazil is where people who have done horrid things go to hide, invest and bank… never been “a name” in many who live, check and invest…. in Brazil! The new Argentina!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:40am
  44. Why does religion mean hate,sometimes?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:43am
  45. this is bad news :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:45am
  46. Brazil serves me no purpose

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:48am
  47. nice display of hate before Christmas, fuck off Brazil

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:56am
  48. the mad catholics are at it again

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:56am
  49. Hey, not all of us in Brazil approves that. In fact we act a lot to get things changed.
    We are not happy either with the world cup n Olympic games n no investment in education or policy to protect human rights.
    When you talk about boycott our peoducts you are affecting other people full of love that have nothing to do with this mother fuckers. Read the papers, we are protesting in the streets all year to be heard.
    To get a better county.
    Don’t judge us, help us.
    Hate will get you no where.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:58am
  50. Well said. It's not reasonable to judge and entire nation based on a bunch of idiots.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2:14pm
  51. Let’s all care about what the duck call guy says!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:59am
  52. This world is getting sicker, Stop I want to get off, I don’t like this ride and where its going xxx

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:02am
  53. Then, those lawmakers are endorsing and encouraging the violence.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:06am
  54. Scary!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:06am
  55. Gays should boycott Rio.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:08am
  56. no more Brazilian WAX

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:09am
  57. Despicable.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:09am
  58. They can’t even speak Spanish!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:09am
  59. Thankyou, now I know where to centralize my bombs!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:11am
  60. Damn

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:11am
  61. don’t go to brazil!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24am
  62. Again, Brazil’s Congress makes the U.S. Congress look like an absolute paragon of efficiency and cleanliness. Getting an anti-discrimination law passed through there would be a Herculean effort, and not necessarily due to explicitly anti-gay issues. That said, there is undoubtedly at least a little of that there, particularly with the rise of the Evangelical lobby in Brasilia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24am
  63. Boycott the 2016 Olympic Games .

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:42am
  64. I was so shocked to hear how bad things are in Brazil for the gay community. A member of my group brought it to our attention. I think we will need to boycott the Brazilian Olympics as well as the Russian. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-the-2014-Olympic-2018-world-cup-sponsors/610725992281537

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:47am
  65. Nice “Christian” people….laughing at the deaths of people created in God’s image. Not interested in EVER spending any money there EVER.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:46am
  66. I know there are people like him in this world many of them. I wish someone would send him to this Jesus he claims to represent!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:01am
  67. So sad.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:10am
  68. What!!! What is wrong countries now days. We need Discrimination bills around the world.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:14am
  69. Lol Marciel, from now on, when ever i see something that says; “made in brazil” on it; i won’t buy it. I will encourage others to do the same. Also… I won’t go to Brazil.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:35am
  70. Orale… ese era un dato que no conocia. Pero en Rio es más tranquilo. En Sao Paulo si que es peligroso

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:09am
  71. if this is so why isn’t Brazil getting the same kind of condemnation that Russia is ? Particularly in the sports field ie: World Cup football and the Ompics????????????????

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:14am
  72. Very SAD

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:56am
  73. I have always wanted to travel to Brazil….had the impression they were a tolerant society….well wont be going now…..

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:58am
  74. Never occorred me that people that work in such a serious cause would be so full of hate speech, n intolerance. Did you guys even read what I wrote?
    Did you read the papers about our serious lgbt, feminist movements?
    We have our problems, so all the other countries. We need help not hate.
    What’s wrong whit you people?
    I

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:14pm
  75. We are not even close to be like Russia, as matter of fact they’re using this issues just to boycott countries to join European Union. They’re old, wrong and also need serios work to be done.
    I do believe in radical movements, we have it here. I do it here in Brazil, but I can’t hate all of our people.
    They need education not hate to tell the true.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:18pm
  76. DOES BRAZILIAN NUTS COME FROM THERE? IF SO DAMN now there taking my nuts away.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:44pm
  77. LGBT folks in Brasil need to learn self defense.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:59pm
  78. Gee…the IOC aren’t too good at choosing their host cities, are they? It’s like , ok, where’s the next homophobic country in the world we can hold the Olympics in?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:22pm
  79. One of the reasons GAY people do not go to Brasil

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:23pm
  80. Boycott! Don’t vacation there till there is Equality!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:43pm
  81. I support Phil

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:54pm
  82. Shameful!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2:38pm
  83. to all People of the World: KEEP OUT OF BRAZIL…and…and…and…do not purchase any product Made in Brazil…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2:39pm
  84. Que mala onda ! Aghata FMartins :( no esperaba que Brasil fuera asi.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 3:13pm
  85. heartbreaking..

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 3:15pm
  86. Ni yo! Adriana Grisel creo q exageran! Seguro hay lugares peores

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 3:17pm
  87. What a shame

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:06pm
  88. I’m part Brazilian. This makes me so sad:/

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:07pm
  89. Brazil get with the fucking program your people are being murdered.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:19pm
  90. Another Olympics to avoid-

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:27pm