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Rio de Janeiro celebrates gay pride, calls for end to homophobia

Sunday, November 16, 2014
A man participates in the 19th Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.16, 2014. Thousands took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, to fight for a more just and inclusive society, which recognizes equal rights for all the gay community.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gay rights activists are using Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade to demand laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Thousands of people paraded down Copacabana's main coastal boulevard with rainbow flags and thematic floats, many dressed in carnival costumes or wearing t-shirts saying "Fight [...]

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Brazil presidential candidate: Gays should seek psychological help far away

Monday, September 29, 2014
Levy Fidelix
SAO PAULO -- A minor character in Brazil's presidential race is on the spot after saying the country needs to stand up against gay people who should seek psychological help far away from the population. Candidate Levy Fidelix has the support of less than 1 percent of potential voters, but [...]

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Activists use World Cup spotlight to call attention to anti-LGBT violence

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 people, many brandishing signs reading "Show homophobia the red card," and "In this World Cup, homophobia is out of bounds."
RIO DE JANEIRO — Gay rights activists in Brazil are using the spotlight of the World Cup to draw attention to the harsh penalties gay people face in many of the countries represented at soccer's premier event. A protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 [...]

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UN official: Gay soccer players at the World Cup should declare sexuality

Monday, June 16, 2014
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Gay soccer players at the World Cup in Brazil should declare their sexual orientation to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Monday. [...]

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Sao Paulo celebrates LGBT pride as activists call for laws against discrimination

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Participants carry a rainbow flag as thousands march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
SAO PAULO -- Gay rights advocates called for a Brazilian law against discrimination as they gathered by the hundreds of thousands in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world's largest gay pride parades. [...]

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Brazil police arrest ‘skateboard Nazis’ in brutal murder of gay teen

Monday, February 3, 2014
Bruno Borges de Oliveira
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian police on Sunday arrested a gang of neo-Nazi skateboarders for the brutal murder of an 18 year-old gay teen last weekend in São Paulo. [...]

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Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week. [...]

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Brazil
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. [...]

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

Monday, December 16, 2013
Ana Rita
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. [...]

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Gay pride revelers in Brazil pack Copacabana Beach

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Felipe Dana, APA man dances, left, as people carry a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach has been packed with tens of thousands of revelers taking part in the city's annual gay pride event. [...]

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