An LGBT Person Is Murdered In Brazil More Than Once A Day

Watchdog group Grupo Gay de Bahia reports a 30% increase in homicides attributed to homophobia or anti-gay violence.

A new report indicates that anti-LGBT violence has reached a record high in Brazil.

According to Grupo Gay de Bahia reported, there were 387 homicides attributed to homophobia or anti-gay violence in 2017, a staggering 30% increase from the 327 reported in 2016. (The report also listed 58 suicides in the same time period.)

Brazil is often seen as one of the most gay-friendly places on Earth, with marriage equality, legal recognition for trans people and the world-famous Sao Paulo Pride celebration. But LGBT people in the country are also victims of gruesome violence—shootings, decapitations, strangulations, stonings.

More than 40% of all anti-LGBT violence in the world occurs in Brazil.

In February 2017, a transgender woman was stoned to death in Guarujá, São Paulo. Just last month, authorities found the charred remains of a gay homeless man in an empty parking lot.

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“We live off this image as an open and tolerant place,” Jandira Queiroz of Amnesty International Brazil told the New York Times in 2016. “[But] homophobic violence has hit crisis levels and it’s getting worse.”

Evangelicals have gained political power in recent years, spewing homophobic and transphobic rhetoric on the campaign trail: In 2017, Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella said homosexuality was caused by botched abortions. In September, a judge overturned Brazil’s 18-year ban on conversion therapy.

In September, Brazilian singer Yann released a music video for “Igual,” which called for an end to anti-LGBT violence in his homeland. “Unfortunately, most of the world isn’t aware that Brazil is an incredibly dangerous place for the LGBTI+ community,” the singer said.

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