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Monday, September 15, 2014

On When Hate Crimes are Rampant in Big Cities Across the Country

A young life snuffed out.
They are increasingly more frequent, as Brazil is still reeling at the news of the death of 18-year-old João Donati (pictured) in Inhumas, in the state of Goiás, last Wednesday, 10 September.

Homophobia in Brazil is growing at an alarming pace. Authorities are waking up to smell the bitter coffee. The state of São Paulo alone has seen four new cases of homophobia attacks in the last week.

An arson attack at a Gaucho Traditions Center  in Santana do Livramento, RS, where two lesbians were scheduled to get married in a collective cerimony, last Saturday, has caused shock in the wider community

Human rights organizations have jumped on the issue and are facing the trend head on by urging the creation or approval of a new law to criminalize homophobia, thus rendering punishment more severe.

According to a statement released today, the very president of the Human Rights Commission, in the Brazilian Senate, is now urging her peers to fast track new legislation (this ONE) to be approved  and put in the books in order to stem the current spike in LGBT violence.

Meanwhile, LGBT's go about their lives wondering where the next attack is going to occur.

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