State Department releases annual human rights report

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The State Department’s annual human rights report that was released on Wednesday notes anti-LGBTI violence and discrimination remained widespread around the world in 2018.

The report cites statistics from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights that indicate nine transgender women and eight gay men were killed in “hate crime homicides” in Mexico’s Veracruz state in the first eight months of 2018. The report also notes activists in the city of San Luis Potosí have said “homophobia in police ranks” has hindered the investigation of the case of a man who was allegedly beaten to death by a group of 10 taxi drivers outside a gay bar on Aug. 5, 2018.

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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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Openly gay Brazil congressman leaves job amid death threats

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | An openly gay congressman who frequently clashed with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Jan. 24 he was leaving his job and the country because of mounting death threats.

In an interview published by daily Folha de S. Paulo, Congressman Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return. Instead, he said he would work in academia but did not say where.

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Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | The sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco on Jan. 14 expressed concern about the conservative new governor’s commitment to solving the case.

Ten months to the day since the slaying of Franco and her driver, sister Anielle Franco said Gov. Wilson Witzel’s recent actions as a candidate were “worrisome.” During last year’s campaign, Witzel participated in a rally where two other candidates showed off a street sign honoring Franco that they had broken.

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Jair Bolsonaro elected Brazil’s next president

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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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Tens of thousands say ‘Not him’ to leading Brazil candidate

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SAO PAULO (AP) | Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Saturday in protest against the presidential front-runner, a far-right congressman whose campaign has exposed and deepened divisions in Latin America’s largest country.

The protests came the same day that Jair Bolsonaro was discharged from a Sao Paulo hospital where he received treatment after being stabbed during a campaign rally on Sept. 6. On Saturday evening, after flying home to Rio, he tweeted that there was “no better feeling” than to be close to his family.

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Thousands celebrate in Rio’s gay pride parade on Copacabana

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Thousands of revelers danced on Copacabana beach Sunday to celebrate Rio de Janeiro’s annual gay pride parade despite deep funding cuts by the city.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella offered no city funding this year, but organizers said they were able to finance festivities with the support of private businesses and organizations.

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Big crowds for colorful LGBTQ Pride parade in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Tens of thousands of people have celebrated at Rio de Janeiro’s annual gay pride parade at Copacabana beach.

Under a blazing sun, revelers wearing feathery costumes and wigs held up rainbow flags and danced along the promenade Sunday as music blasted from a half dozen sound trucks.

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The Daily Beast withdraws story about outing gay athletes at Rio games

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The Daily Beast has withdrawn a story that prompted ire of many readers, complaining that it could have outed gay athletes at the Rio games.

The story’s removal from the site Aug. 11 came hours after the editor-in-chief for the publication apologized for the article, which was first revised before being taken down completely.

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Brazilian church welcomes gay parishioners denied elsewhere

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With his booming voice and high-voltage charisma capable of working crowds of hundreds into a lather, Marcos Gladstone has all the trappings of a successful preacher. But Gladstone has something that most other Pentecostal leaders don’t – a husband.

He and spouse Fabio Inacio are co-founders of the Contemporary Christian Church, one of a handful of Pentecostal denominations in Brazil that welcomes gays and lesbians with open arms and was born out of Gladstone’s dream to preach “a gospel of love and acceptance for all people.”

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Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation.

But her identification card said she was a man.

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