Under Bolsonaro and Pandemic, LGBTQIA People + Suffer Exclusion with Blackout of Public Policies

Specialists interviewed by Folha claim that this population has lost its time and voice in the current government

Gonçalves (MG)

Folha reported in November 2018 an atypical movement of LGBTQIA+ couples in the country's registries.

Between November and December of 2018 there were 4,027 same-sex marriages, a record according to Arpen-Brasil (an association of the sector).

The race to notary offices was the first thermometer of the uncertainty felt by the LGBTQIA+ population before Jair Bolsonaro (no party) was inaugurated as president.

When same-sex marriage was won in the STF in 2011, Bolsonaro said that family union was only possible between a man and a woman. The new president, however, has not presented any bill in the legislature to dissolve the civil ties between LGBTQIA + people, and the right still holds.

But experts, humanitarian workers, activists and representatives of civil associations interviewed by Folha say that LGBTQIA+ people have lost their time and voice over the two and a half years of the current government.

“It takes a Stonewall 2.0, but this time in Brazil”, says Michele Brea Soares, trans activist from Porto Alegre. The Stonewall Uprising, which took place in 1969 in New York City, gave rise to the International LGBTQIA + Pride Day, celebrated this Monday (28).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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