Rights group: One gay Brazilian murdered per day

April 16, 2012

Alex Pearlman – GlobalPost, 04/13/2012

A gay couple kisses during the 2nd Gay Parade Against Homophobia in Brasilia in support of gays, lesbians and transgenders in Brasilia, on May 18, 2011. Despite recent legislative success in terms of marriage, the LGBT community in Brazil faces an increase in murders and hate crimes. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite its reputation as one of the greatest party countries on the planet and home of the world’s largest gay pride parade, Brazil has a startling violent streak directed at the LGBT community. Hate crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are incredibly common and despite calls from rights groups, the violence hasn’t abated.

Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB), the country’s oldest and largest gay rights advocacy group, reports there was a gay hate crime every 36 hours in 2011, and the numbers are only growing. In the first weeks of 2012, 75 people have already been murdered — just for being gay.

Brazil allows same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, and even includes gender reassignment surgery in state-sponsored medical procedures. But GGB’s report suggests the truth is different than what meets the eye, in that many Brazilians are stridently homophobic.

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