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It is good news for the LGBT community in Brazil for a change: Homophobia has been declared a criminal offence. Six of the eleven judges of Brazil’s Supreme Court voted to extend the country’s anti-discrimination laws. Homophobia is going to be considered a crime and will be punished with up to five years imprisonment.

President Jair Bolsonaro is certainly not happy with this ruling – he never denied his own homophobia before. He rather displayed it openly instead. He should think twice in future before he rants on – otherwise he could face punishment.

Brazil is a deeply divided country in terms of LGBT rights. Especially in the socially weaker classes, hate crimes against LGBT are very common. Last year, 420 LGBT people are said to have become the victim of a hate crime. This year, according to the Brazilian organization Grupo Gay da Bahia, there have already been at least 141 reported murders of LGBT people.

Brazil ranked 68th in the Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2019.

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