Bolsonaro Targets LGBT+ Rights On First Day As President

Bolsonaro has signed a number of Executive Orders during his first day in office, all of which target a number of minority groups.

Doll of President Jair Bolsonaro at Gay Pride in São Paulo

Just hours after his inauguration as the President of Brazil, Bolsonaro has signed executive orders which exclude the LGBT+ community.

The orders which were signed by the self-proclaimed ‘proud homophobe’ will affect the LGBT+ community, indigenous groups and descendants of slaves.

Brazil's President, Jair Bolsonaro

This has removed the concerns of the LGBT+ community from consideration at the new human rights ministry, according to the Associated Press.

Bolsonaro did not name any agency to consider LGBT+ issues in place of the human rights ministry.

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One of the biggest supporters of the president is the Evangelical and Catholic churches. Bolsonaro has stated he would defend and promote “the true meaning of marriage, as the union between a man and a woman”.

The new human rights minister Damares Alves, who is also an evangelical pastor, did nothing to address the removal of LGBT+ issues from her department but in a statement proclaimed that “the Brazilian family is being threatened” by diversity policies.

 

Bolsonaro minister Damares Alves
Damares Alves is an evangelical pastor and now Minister of Human Rights in Brazil.

On Wednesday, she said: “The state is lay, but this minister is terribly Christian.”

She has also previously stated that: “girls will be princesses and boys will be princes. There will be no more ideological indoctrination of children and teenagers in Brazil.”

LGBT activist Symmy Larrat said she doesn’t expect reasonable treatment from the Bolsonaro administration.

“The human rights ministry discussed our concerns at a body called secretariat of promotion and defence of human rights. That body just disappeared, just like that. We don’t see any signs there will be any other government infrastructure to handle LGBT issues,” she said.

This move comes following a presidential campaign littered with horrific statements such as “homosexual fundamentalists” brainwashing children “to become gays and lesbians to satisfy them sexually in the future.”

Brazil’s LGBT+ community had preempted the rollback of rights in Brazil as record numbers of same-sex couples were wed late last year as anxieties grew over Bolsonaro.

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