São Paulo’s Gay Parade Gets Political and Wages War Against Religious Fundamentalists

    São Paulo Gay Parade in São Paulo - Rovena Rosa/Ag. Brasil

    The world’s largest pride parade kicked off Sunday in São Paulo, Brazil, in a procession that was attended by hundreds of thousands of people. Organizers were expecting three million people.

    The 21st Annual Pride Parade focused on secularism, along with the notion that no religion should be law despite people’s individual beliefs.

    “Our main enemies today are religious fundamentalists, groups of people within some religions who insist on condemning us and withdrawing the rights (we have) already obtained,” explained Claudia Santos Garcia, an organizer of the event.

    According to the Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade of São Paulo, religion has a large influence on Brazil’s economic and political decision-making.

    “It is a serious threat to citizenship and to Brazilian constitutional democracy that members of the three public powers at any level act on the basis of their religious values, without regard to citizenship, pluralism and human rights,” the NGO noted in a statement.

    In the last decade, Brazil has made a number of advances in the realm of queer and trans rights. These include allowing procedures for gender affirming surgery in public hospitals, the adoption of children by same-gender couples and civil marriage rights.

    Still, according to a report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association, Brazil is the number one place in the region for homicides of LGBT people, with 340 deaths due to homophobia in 2016 alone.

    At this year’s parade, protesters also demonstrated against President Michel Temer, who is accused of corruption, with people carrying banners reading “Out with Temer” and calling for his resignation.

    teleSUR

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    From the film Onã, CRUA (Coletivo de Rua)

    Brazil’s Genocide Project for Blacks: 70% of Those Murdered Are Black

    African-descendants in Brazil are 23.5 percent more likely to be killed than any other ...

    By Law Kids Cannot Hold a Job in Brazil. Three Million of Them Work Anyway

    Brazil’s Prosecution Service for Labor (MPT) is launching a national campaign against child labor. ...

    Chico Lives

      For long considered a patrimony of Brazilian music, Francisco Buarque de Hollanda, better ...

    Six Months and US$ 2.3 Billion Later, Rio Olympic Venues Abandoned and in Ruins

    Buildings have been abandoned, swimming pools are empty, garbage and broken sports equipment can ...

    Jair Bolsonaro, the moment he is hit by a knife

    Brazil’s Right-Wing Presidential Frontrunner Survives Assassination Attempt

    The dramatic stabbing of firebrand right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro was caught on video and ...

    Brazilian industry

    Brazil Could Become Another Greece, Warns Planning Minister

    Brazilian acting minister of Planning, Development, and Management Dyogo Henrique indicated that public spending ...

    Brazilian army in a Rio favela - ABr

    Can’t Maintain Order? In Brazil They Call the Army

    Brazil’s military is getting a serious workout these days. The authorities have recently deployed ...