#NotHim: LGBT+ Community Rally Against Brazilian Homophobic Election Candidate Jair Bolsonaro

A social media campaign against a Brazilian politician who does not support the minorities has gained huge support online.

Hashtag of the social media campaign against  Brazilian politician
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Brazilian elections will take place on October 7 and the LGBT+ community are fighting along with supporters to make sure Jair Bolsonaro also called as the “Brazilian Trump” does not win the election.

The hashtag #ELENAO or #NOTHIM it is been shared all over social media, and not only by the Brazilian community, international artists such as Diplo, Dua Lipa, Dan Reynolds and Nicole Scherzinger have also shared #ELENAO supporting the Brazilian community and human rights.

Mr Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has been a representative since 1991, as a marginal figure in Congress, is best known for his incendiary comments. Beyond denigrating women, he has also offended the black community and suggested he would rather a son die than turn out gay.

In reality TV style, Bolsonaro’ tactics are getting stronger than ever. Bolsonaro continues to top polls with about 27% of the vote, compared with the 21% of his closest rival, Fernando Haddad from the Workers’ party, (PT) of jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

With polemic interviews across the media, the candidate represents part of the population who are not minorities, as he said in many interviews: “The minorities have to adapt to the majorities, not the other way around”.

He promises to change the law and allow people to have guns, in his view the only way to fight against crime is by killing criminals, a very controversial statement since Brazil is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Bolsonaro is openly homophobic, and also very polemic since Brazil has one of the biggest gay pride festivals in the world. It is a step back in the democracy and human rights, Brazil has one of the highest rates of LGBT+ killings worldwide and the community is still not protected, it is very worrisome what could happen if he gets elected.

The hashtag #ELENAO (#NOTHIM) has 183,000 followers on Instagram, 219,000 posts using the hashtag, a group called ‘Women against Bolsonaro’ got 1.5 million members in only two days on Facebook and now it has over three million members.

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