2017 has not started off well for Brazil’s LGBT community. This week, a woman confessed to stabbing son to death And later burning his body.
Because he was gay.
Additionally, the telenovela actor Leonardo Vieira received cyber attacks after a photo of him kissing a friend went viral. He wrote an open letter against homophobia, stating that he never “came out of the closet” because he was never in one.
Vieira states that he didn’t “choose to be gay”. Furthermore, he writes: “I never felt like a criminal or to blame for being homosexual… the fact of being gay never hurt anyone, if anything it hurt myself”. And while Vieira expressed sadness for the fact that homosexuality is “still a taboo in 2017”, he doesn’t exactly communicate pride in being gay. He states, “if I could choose, I would choose to be heterosexual, without a doubt”.
Hate speech has gained steam in Brazil, fueled by presidential hopeful Jair Bolsonaro.