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Will It Take a Gay Teen Getting Shot For Brazil To Enact Gay Discrimination Protections?

Brazilian teen Douglas Igor Marques Luiz, 19, says he was hanging out with friends near the beach Sunday when three men in military uniforms approached and told everyone to leave, except him — before verbal harassment ended up with him getting shot. Jeez! All the while, Rio’s gays were celebrating pride. Officially, no troops from the nearby Copacabana Fort fired their weapons on Sunday, nor were any troops even patrolling that area on Sunday, but military personnel are still being questioned. In the meantime, The Gays are using the incident as another call for LGBT protections.

“We’ve gotten very far, but we need more political will to really improve conditions for the LGBT community in Brazil,” said Julio Moreira, president of the advocacy organization Grupo Arco-Iris de Cidadania LGBT, which means Rainbow Group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Citizenship. The organization has called a rally Sunday demanding a thorough investigation of the attack on Luiz, and calling for Brazil’s Senate to pass a law banning discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation.

Or at least have officials put up “Don’t Shoot The Gays” signs.


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  • T

    Violence is wrong. To assume someone would shot themselves to further LGBT rights. Ok pretty wild stretch there. Odd how it was not even a thought soldiers could cover for each other.

  • dave

    Brazil has the largest number of Catholics in the world. Roman Catholicism has been Brazil’s main religion since the beginning of the 16th century. And we all know how loving, tolerant and inclusive Catholics are. What else could be expected from a country that has been brainwashed for 100’s of years? Not that the USA is all that much better.

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