U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar joined representatives from the anti-LGBT countries of Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda on Thursday to launch the anti-LGBT/ anti-abortion “Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family.”
Pompeo and Azar have been working for at least a year and a half to mobilize Thursday’s signing of the Geneva Consensus seeking to reverse the Obama administration’s U.S. foreign policy which supported reproductive rights and LGBT equality.
The anti-LGBT agenda of the declaration reaffirms that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.” Hungary’s Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs Katalin Novák denounced international forces that she charged were trying to “weaken the traditional family” through a “culture of indoctrination and preaching”, “gender ideology,” and sex education.
Novák added that the right-wing anti-LGBT governments of Hungary and Poland are playing a leading role in promoting and strengthening the “traditional family.” Uganda’s health minister, Jane Aceng, criticized international pressure to support policies that “may be contrary to our values” and called for “due respect for our values and sovereignty.”
The Geneva Consensus Declaration event was a culmination of the Trump administration’s intensive efforts to build opposition to any international recognition of LGBT rights and a woman’s right to choose an abortion. Pompeo and Azar have been working on developing this new coalition for about a year and a half.
Six out of 11 judges of Brazil’s Supreme Court have voted that discrimination against gays and transgender people equivalent to racism and therefore a crime punishable by law.
The decision will give the community, which suffers constant attacks, real protection, activists say.
At least 141 LGBT people have been killed in Brazil this year, according to rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia.
“Homophobic crimes are as alarming as physical violence,” Supreme Court Vice-President Luiz Fux said on his vote, citing “epidemic levels of homophobic violence”.
For almost 20 years there have been efforts to make homophobia a crime in Brazil, but legislation on the matter has faced resistance among conservative and religious groups in Congress.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who assumed office on Jan. 1, has a history of offensive comments about gays, blacks and other minorities, openly acknowledging he is a homophobe. He has said he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.
The decision at the Supreme Court means that offences are to be punished under the country’s racism law until Congress approves specific legislation to protect LGBT people,
Racism was made a crime in Brazil in 1989 with prison sentences of up to five years.
A soccer team in Brazil has fired four of its players for using the locker room to record a group masturbation video. The video, which of course leaked out to the Internet, features three of the players, with a fourth holding the camera.
Gilmar Rossmo, the president of Sport Clube Gaúcho, told UOL Esporte that he didn’t fire the players because of any discrimination, but because he found the video “disgusting” and he was afraid of the verbal beating they might take at the hands of the fans.
“Outside business hours, we have nothing to do with the situation. If they want to get drunk, gay or not, that’s their problem. What I have to answer as president is during a trip, office hours. That’s my responsibility. The club is not a keeper of morals and good manners. The only thing we have to answer to is them making the video inside the locker room.”
“As far as I know, these three are not gay,” Rossmo said, “only that they had sex, but now they have to prove they are not.”
Bruno Gagliasso and João Vicente de Caso, two of Brazil’s hottest actors kissed on-stage at Brazil’s GQ Men of the Year Awards in Rio de Janeiro to make a statement against homophobia and machismo.
Gagliasso at one time was the star on the Brazilian soap América, which was set to air Brazilian television’s first gay kiss, between Gagliasso and another actor in November . But at the last minute the network censored the kiss causing an uproar from viewers and prompting a kiss-in demonstration.
More than a million people took part in Rio’s annual gay pride celebrations over the weekend. On Sunday, mothers of gay men and lesbians opened the parade, which this year aimed to highlight homophobia in Brazilian society. Rio’s 17th gay pride event was backed by the local government, with the mayor’s office distributing around 400,000 condoms.
Courtney Love went into critical mass meltdown at the Sao Paulo music and arts festival in Brazil by ranting that she’s entitled to use the word “fag” because “I’m a gay icon,” (News to me) and running off stage and refusing to return until the audience chanted “The Foo Fighters are gay.”
After the meltdown, Love stormed off the stage. Hole’s guitarist returned to the mic after a few moments, instructing the crowd to yell “Foo Fighters are gay” in order for his boss to reemerge from the shadows. When Courtney finally returned, she menacingly offered – in a thinly veiled dig at Grohl: “I don’t care what you listen to at home, but if a guy takes off money off my kid’s table, fuck him.” Unsatisfied with just the singular cut down, Love went on to claim that Dave Grohl makes “millions” and “steals” from Love and Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Over 700,000 LGBT and straight ally Brazilians marched along the famous Copacabana beach promenade in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday not only to celebrate the success this year of a legislative campaign where the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same-sex couples the same 112 legal rights as married couples. But also to call on authorities to enact legislation to outlaw homophobia.
While LGBT Brazillians enjoy many rights they also suffer a shockingly high rate of homophobic, abuse and hate crimes with a new study tracking homophobic and transphobic violence shows that an LGBT person is murdered every day and a half, a significant increase from three years ago, when it was one murder every three days
Gay rights activist Claudio Nascimento said the community had a simple goal, to “call for peace, not homophobia,” as he urged the national Congress to laws on the books against bring homophobia on a par with racial or religious intolerance
Last June the evangelical leaders of São Paulo, Brazil frustrated that they were not able to stop the city’s gay pride parade suggested the city celebrate a “Heterosexual Pride” day, or “Orgulho Hetero” to “raise awareness and encourage the public to safeguard morals and good customs.”
On Tuesday the Municipality of São Paulo approved the bill 294/2005, establishing in the town, the Straight Pride Day. The bill now depends on the approval of Mayor of São Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, to become law
Councilman Carlos Apolinario who backed the bill for the evangelical leaders said the bill is not against the gay community. “Faço um apelo pelo respeito à figura humana dos gays”, afirmou. “I appeal for respect for the gay human figure,” he said. Apolinario said the project was a way to speak out against “excesses and privileges” that the gay community gets.
How wonderful that straight people in Brazil can finally have this one day of high visibility, where they can show each other there are many others just like them. They can be proud of who they are and persevere so that one day they will have all the same rights afforded to gay people.
Brazil now joins the United States which already celebrates 363 Straight Pride days a year which culminate to climax on Super Bowl Sunday’.