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“I would have them shot”: how a resurgence of homophobia threatens Brazil’s LGBT community

A queer museum project has been cancelled and a ban on conversion therapy overturned. What next for LGBT rights in Brazil?

By Julia Blunck  

Crosses sit on a rainbow flag in an anti-homophobia protest in Brazil. Photo: Elza Fiuza/ABr/Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to LGBT rights, Brazil is as ambivalent as it is on everything else. The country has openly gay artists; it’s home to one of the largest Gay Pride parades in the world; gay marriage is legally recognized. There is even a fairly bankable gay tourism, though it did take a hit as grim stories about open warfare in the streets have gone back on the news.

But step beyond the high-profile events and…

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