Brazil’s Far-Right President Bolsonaro Excludes LGBT Community From Human Rights Policies

Brazil’s new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro signed a measure less than 24 hours into his presidency removing policies aimed at protecting LGBT rights in the country.

The Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights will no longer protect the LGBT community. The measure mentions “women, children and adolescents, youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, the Black population, ethnic and social minorities, and Indians” as the communities protected under the human rights guidelines.

The National Council for Combating Discrimination will continue in accordance with government guidelines.

Jair Bolsonaro has been openly homophobic on several occasions. Many people feel that one of the immediate impacts of Bolsonaro’s presidency will be increasing anti-LGBT rhetoric and violence.

 

 

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