Following the assault on a 19-year-old during Rio de Janeiro’s gay pride parade, and a gay bashing of a 23-year-old by five teens in São Paulo, comes news Daniel Sena, writer and director of a Brazilian gay series, was kidnapped, forced to drink gasoline and eat dirt, and nearly raped by three men until he was rescued by a truck driver passing by.
His attackers, who snatched Sena up near his home, specifically asked whether he would continue work on the new independent series Apenas Heróis (or Heroes Only) and threatened to insert an iron rod into hit butt so he could feel “how good it feels to be gay.”
In an interview about creating the series, which features a gay storyline, Sena said (and we’re translating here), “It’s the price you pay. But [I] have no fear of that. I have the courage to face anything that might come ahead and will benefit our history and to help the public understand our message. I think from day one know where I stand, people who are part of the project as well. It’s a challenge I am prepared to hear good things and bad.”
You can watch much of the series here.