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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Death threats against gay Brazilian MP


Source: dosmanzanas

[Google translation]

Jean Wyllys is, since February, the first openly gay Brazil MP, representing the Party for Socialism and Liberdade (PSOL), a small left force. One of his first initiatives was to relaunch the Mixed Parliamentary Front for LGBT Citizenship, comprising representatives from different parties and proposed measures include a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marriage between same sex. Something that has not been too fond of certain sectors, according to the threats he is receiving.

Wyllys, in addition to having been elected a writer and university professor (and winner of the Brazilian edition of Big Brother in 2005, he became particularly known in Brazil ...) has complained that, since it published its draft forward in the direction of equal marriage has not stopped receiving homophobic abuse and even death threats via social networks like Twitter, not only from their own country but also from the United Kingdom or United States and other countries. Wyllys has already been made ​​in understanding the threats of the Brazilian Congress, and although he claims to feel some concern at the moment has not sought police protection, since in his opinion a "dog that barks does not bite."

 
Either way, the approval of marriage between same sex in Brazil seems complicated. The new president, Dilma Rousseff, has already made ​​clear right in the electoral process had no intention to change "laws affecting the family," including a possible under this concept approval of marriage between same sex.

In fact, most of the rights enjoyed by same-sex couples in Brazil (which are not exactly negligible) have been won mainly through the courts. Still resonates, for example, the echo of the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in May last year opened the door to joint adoption by same-sex couples .


As LGBT groups have already made ​​in various countries, also in Spain the FELGTB (Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) wanted to show solidarity with Jean Wyllys and expressed "its strongest condemnation" by the threats and insults that are receiving. Your Area Coordinator International, Gabriel Aranda, said that "it is proper to threaten democratic people an MP, which uses frames parliamentarians to defend his ideals, in this case linked to human rights. Religious radical groups are not covered by freedom of religion to undermine the fundamental rights of the people or to threaten anybody." 

The President of the FELGTB, Antonio Poveda, wanted to encourage the deputy and the rest of the Parliamentary Front "for this initiative that will do justice to the rights of so many LGBT Brazilian and Brazil on the path of most developed countries. As for fundamental rights legislation such as the Netherlands, Canada, neighboring Argentina or Spain."

The approval of marriage between same sex in Brazil seems, however, a difficult objective. Without the strength of the evangelical caucus in Congress, opposes any LGBT rights, the new president Dilma Rousseff already made ​​clear right in the electoral process had no intention to change "laws affecting the family", including under that concept eventual approval of marriage between same sex.

In fact, most of the rights enjoyed by same-sex couples in Brazil (which are not exactly negligible) have been won mainly through the courts. Still resonates, for example, the echo of the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in May last year opened the door to joint adoption by same-sex couples .

The latest developments, however, it was the work of government, and came in late 2010, shortly before leaving Lula da Silva's presidency: a decree recognizing the right to survivor's pension for stable pairs same sex.

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Watch the video about Priscila, and sign the petition asking Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to support the Anti-Homophobia bill.  


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