International drag superstar Pabllo Vittar headlines Orlando’s Pride Stage

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pabllo Vittar may not be as recognizable in the U.S. as she is in other parts of the world yet, but be prepared to remember that name because she is on the verge of becoming a global superstar. Vittar is a musical sensation in her home country of Brazil, has been called “the world’s most popular drag queen” by Vogue magazine and is widely seen as an important voice for South America’s LGBTQ community.

Vittar burst onto the scene in 2014 with an appearance on a Brazilin music-focused television show where she brought the house down with a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Since that performance, Vittar has released two albums, collaborated with some of music’s hottest stars and became the first ever Grammy-nominated drag queen.

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Transgender Brazilians ‘afraid for our lives’

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Bruna Benevides of Associação Nacional dos Travestis e Transsexuais (L) and Alessandra Ramos, co-founder of Forum Nacional de Travestis e Transexuais Negras e Negros. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

Two transgender activists from Brazil who spoke in D.C. last week said their country has become even more dangerous for trans Brazilians since anti-LGBTI President Jair Bolsonaro took office.

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights hosted Alessandra Ramos, co-founder of Forum Nacional de Travestis e Transexuais Negras e Negros (FONATRANS), and Bruna Benevides of Associação Nacional dos Travestis e Transsexuais (ANTRA) on Sept. 13.

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Ecuador’s highest court approves same-sex marriage

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ABOVE: Ecuador’s capital Quito.

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) | Ecuador’s highest court authorized same-sex marriage June 12 in a landmark case seeking to expand LGBT rights in the small South American nation.

The decision by the Constitutional Court came after a lengthy legal battle waged by several couples and gay rights advocates.

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Brazil Supreme Court criminalizes homophobia, transphobia

By : Felipe Alface of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The majority of the Brazilian Supreme Court on May 28 voted to equate homophobia and transphobia to the crime of racism.

The voting has not ended and will continue on June 5, but May 28’s historic decision saw six of the 11 possible votes in favor.

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Jair Bolsonaro visits White House, reiterates opposition to LGBTI rights

By : Michael K. Lavers Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on March 19 reiterated his opposition to LGBTI rights when he spoke alongside President Trump during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Bolsonaro, speaking through a translator, stressed his government’s “respect of traditional family values” and opposition to “gender identity.” Bolsonaro in his remarks also praised Trump.

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Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | Police on March 12 arrested two suspects in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked and angered Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries.

The arrest of the men comes two days before the anniversary of the killings on March 14, 2018. While police had questioned many people, before March 12 nobody had been arrested or charged in the shooting of Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes.

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In Brazil, Carnival pays tribute to slain councilwoman

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | Samba competition is getting political in Brazil, with one of Rio’s top samba schools and other groups paying tribute to Marielle Franco, an activist for gays and Afro-Brazilian rights who was slain almost a year ago.

Mangueira, one of the oldest samba schools in Rio, included the former city councilwoman in a parade honoring Brazil’s hidden heroes, those that history books often forget or choose not to mention.

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Anti-LGBTI Brazilian president takes office

By : Felipe Alface OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SÃO PAULO | Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1 amid mounting concerns over the impact that his right-wing government will have on the country’s LGBTI community and other minority groups.

The crowd who attended his inauguration in Brasília, the Brazilian capital, chanted, “The captain is back!” These words startled many observers because they refer to a member of the military, in this case a former Army captain, occupying the country’s highest office, which has only happened in Brazil during dictatorships that came to power after a coup.

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Brazil’s gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony

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SAO PAULO (AP) | About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Dec. 15, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage.

Although his campaign did not express views against gay marriage, Bolsonaro’s record of homophobic comments has caused alarm.

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Jair Bolsonaro elected Brazil’s next president

By : Felipe Alface OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SÃO PAULO | Jair Bolsonaro will become Brazil’s next president after he won the second round of the country’s presidential election on Oct 28.

Bolsonaro defeated former São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Workers’ Party by a 55.1-44.9 percent margin. Bolsonaro will take office on Jan. 1.

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Vocal LGBTI rights opponent wins first round of Brazil presidential election

By : Felipe Alface OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SÃO PAULO | A vocal LGBTI rights opponent won the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on October 7.

Jair Bolsonaro, a congressman from Rio de Janeiro, won with 46 percent of the vote. Former São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad finished second with 29 percent of the vote. The two men will face each other in the second round of voting on Oct. 28.

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Transgender candidates in Brazil push to have voices heard

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | Barbara Aires, who was born male, says she spent much of her childhood on the streets because her father, in the military and from the conservative state of Minas Gerais, refused to accept her sexuality.

By her late teenage years, Aires was taking hormones to transition to a woman and, because she couldn’t find other employment, working as a prostitute — the fate of many transgender people who are shunned by much of Brazilian society.

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