Eighteen LGBTI people were murdered in Brazil in May

Eighteen LGBTI people were murdered in Brazil in May

Brazil, Brazil, English
Violence against LGBTI people in Brazil continues to take lives, confirming the serious lgbt-phobic context in Brazilian society. In May, the media in Brazil reported at least eighteen murders of LGBTI people: fourteen transsexual women and travestis[1],  three lesbian women, and one gay man. In general, the murders maintain the cruel characteristics of manifestations of hate for LGBTI lives described in the Briefing on Murders and Violence against Transsexuals and Travestis in Brazil in 2018, prepared by the National Association of Travestis and Transsexuals (ANTRA): a high number of stabbings, shots, burned bodies, etc. In Salvador, Bahia, a lesbian couple were stabbed to death by a neighbor who had previoulsy expressed aggresion against them. According to the Dossier on lesbian behavior in Brazil, lesbocide exists as an integral part of patriarchy,…
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Seven Cases of Violence against LGBTI Persons Were Reported in Brazil at the End of April

Seven Cases of Violence against LGBTI Persons Were Reported in Brazil at the End of April

Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, English, Español, Spanish
The alarming numbers of cases of homicides, persecutions, harassment, and discrimination against LGBTI people in Brazil expose the obvious social and political crisis that makes it impossible to guarantee and protect the fundamental rights of historically disadvantaged and unrecognized social groups. From April 18-25, at least five (5) homicides of LGBTI persons occurred in Brazil, in addition to two assassination attempts, all of which were carried out with visible brutality. Among these cases, at least four of them were of trans women, or travestis. Travesti is a gender identity that exists is some Latin American countries, like Brazil, and that describes people assigned male at birth who take on a feminine gender role and gender expression, sometimes through the use of feminizing body modifications such as hormone replacement therapy, breast…
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What does Jair Bolsonaro’s defense of the Brazilian military dictatorship mean to the Afro LGBTI+ community?

What does Jair Bolsonaro’s defense of the Brazilian military dictatorship mean to the Afro LGBTI+ community?

Brazil, Brazil, English, Español, Regional
Brazil - April 29, 2019.  The month of April was marked by several protests and political activities in Brazil against the country’s former military dictatorship. These protests occurred because the 55th anniversary of the coup that established a dictatorship in the country, from 1964 to 1985, was in April 2019. These protests were motivated because Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, had determined that the Ministry of Defense would honor the 55th anniversary of the coup. In 2011, the former President Dilma Rousseff had forbidden the Army to make commemorations on that date. In fact,this is the first time since the re-democratization of Brazil that a president has publicly and openly defended the military dictatorship. On the day of the impeachment vote against Dilma, Bolsonaro declared that his vote was in…
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Seven murders of LGBTI + persons in Brazil in the last two weeks

Seven murders of LGBTI + persons in Brazil in the last two weeks

Brazil, Brazil, English, Español, Spanish
In the last two weeks, from April 6th until April 19th, there were at least seven LGBTI + deaths in Brazil. Among the seven deaths, six of them were trans people. The first of these occurred on April 7th: a trans person´s body was found charred  in Franca, a city in the state of São Paulo. There was no news in the media about this murder, which was only discovered by the National Association of Transsexuals of Brazil (ANTRA) because local informants passed on information about the case. On April 9th, the trans woman Marqueza, 51, was shot dead in her home in the city of Campina Grande, Paraiba, while she was asleep. Media reports on the case identified the trans person as a homosexual man and referred to her…
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Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Panama, Peru
Message from Carlos Quesada – Executive Director Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Today, March 21st, we again commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In observing what is happening in the world and in our continent, I can only think about how discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance are gaining ground. They are highly present in the media, in politics, in our societies and in our daily lives. Fighting for the elimination of all forms of discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, and intolerance is one of the fundamental pillars to promote social cohesion, the right to live, and diversity. I want to call attention to the fact that in our continent, only three countries have ratified the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Intolerance: Costa Rica, Uruguay,…
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