[News] [Brazil] Some 310 deaths in anti-gay violence in Brazil last year
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Agence France-Presse | June 29, 2013 18:32
Some 310 deaths in anti-gay violence in Brazil last year
Anti-gay violence targeted 4,851 people in Brazil last year and led to
310 deaths, according to an official report released this week.
"Although many cases are not recorded, the statistics point to a
serious picture of homophobic violence in Brazil: every day of 2012,
13.2 people were victims of homophobic violence (targeting gays,
lesbians, transvestites and transsexuals)," it said.
The number of recorded cases grew 166 percent compared with 2011, due
to improved reporting channels but also reflecting the magnitude of
The release of the report fueled further criticism of the so-called
"gay cure", the psychological treatment of homosexuality approved by a
congressional human rights panel led by controversial evangelical
pastor Marco Feliciano.
Feliciano is facing strong criticism from gay and human rights
activists over his disparaging comments on gays and blacks.
"With these facts and the violence being reported, one cannot say that
this country is not practicing homophobia," said Janaina Oliveira,
vice president of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals y transsexuals)
Some of the banners waved by gay militants in the nationwide street
protests that have rocked Brazil for more than two weeks have been
calling for the "gay cure" to be scrapped.
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have been marching in scores of
cities to demand upgraded public services, end to corruption and more
investment in health and education rather than in sporting events such
as the 2014 World Cup.
Copyright AFP, 2013.
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