Brazil: Rio’s Reputation as a Gay Mecca Damaged
Post on December 30, 2010, 1:52 pm by the-victoria-law-group 0 Comments
The shooting of a gay youth by men in military uniforms after a mammoth gay pride parade is raising alarm about continuing homophobic violence in a city widely seen as a global oasis of tolerance.
The shooting created particular attention because it came at a moment when Brazil’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community was holding its biggest celebration in a city voted the “Sexiest Place on Earth” by the travel site TripOut Gay Travel in 2010.
Yet despite Rio’s reputation as a gay-friendly and sexually uninhibited place, there have been 600 complaints of anti-gay violence in the last year just in Rio state, according to the government-run program Rio Sem Homofobia, established in 2009 to help fight discrimination.
Read Juliana Barbassa’s Miami Herald article here: