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May 17, 2015

Marchers call on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens including full marriage rights for same-sex couples

Organizers say an estimated 50,000 people in Santiago, the capital of the South American country nation of Chile, marched on Saturday ahead of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday.

Marching through downtown Santiago, Marcha Por La Igualdad (March for Equality) participants called on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens.

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

March 25, 2015

Gay icon and clubbing legend Eliad Cohen on keeping fit whilst travelling the world and why Spain and Brazil are his top party countries

PAPA Party is notoriously known as one of the biggest and best gay clubbing parties to have ever graced international shores, taking its creator Eliad Cohen around the world spreading PAPA realness.

We caught up with the now gay icon (who takes the hottest selfies known to man!) to talk all things Eliad – from his on-the-go workout regime to why Thailand is his idea of heaven.

You travel the world for the PAPA WORLD TOUR. Where’s your favorite place to party?

March 25, 2015

Link will help promote travel between Brazil and the US

Delta Air Lines has signed a partnership deal with the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS), it has been announced.

The link between the Atlanta-based airline and Brazil's largest LGBTI group aims to promote travel opportunities between Brazil and the US.

Delta's Brazilian director Luciano Macagno commented: 'Delta recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and is committed to seeking out and building mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT community.'

March 21, 2015

The BFI Flare festival in London opens a window to gay sexuality around the world.

In years gone by, one of the few ways in which you used to be able to see short films or non-mainstream films of any kind was to go to a film festival.

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 13, 2015

Death of a trans samba dancer reveals how deeply homophobia and transphobia are rooted in Brazil

Piu da Silva was a transgender samba queen at Rio’s prestigious Beija-Flor school.

Her tortured corpse was found on 24 January, a week after the first alarm had been raised by friends and family who were concerned because Piu did not attend practice. She never missed any practice session.

A shocking video emerged just a day later. It shows the trans woman being tortured in Morro da Mina, a favela near the samba school, while she pleads with her unseen aggressors.

February 13, 2015

Death of a trans samba dancer reveals how deeply homophobia and transphobia are rooted in Brazil

Piu da Silva was a transgender samba queen at Rio’s prestigious Beija-Flor school.

Her tortured corpse was found on 24 January, a week after the first alarm had been raised by friends and family who were concerned because Piu did not attend practice. She never missed any practice session.

A shocking video emerged just a day later. It shows the trans woman being tortured in Morro da Mina, a favela near the samba school, while she pleads with her unseen aggressors.

November 26, 2014

Ceremony is Rio de Janeiro state's fifth such event since 2011

Rio de Janeiro married 160 LGBTI couples on Sunday (23 November) in what the state hailed as 'the largest collective same-sex civil wedding ceremony in the world.'

The event was the fifth mass gay wedding organized by state program Rio Without Homophobia and the state court, which have married a total 500 LGBTI couples.

'It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT community,' Cláudio Nascimento, coordinator of Rio Without Homophobia, told Agência Brasil.

November 26, 2014

Ceremony is Rio de Janeiro state's fifth such event since 2011

Rio de Janeiro married 160 LGBTI couples on Sunday (23 November) in what the state hailed as 'the largest collective same-sex civil wedding ceremony in the world.'

The event was the fifth mass gay wedding organized by state program Rio Without Homophobia and the state court, which have married a total 500 LGBTI couples.

'It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT community,' Cláudio Nascimento, coordinator of Rio Without Homophobia, told Agência Brasil.

October 17, 2014

Impoverished LGBTI people often can’t get jobs just for being LGBTI. Sebastian Rocca tells us why, and what you can do for your community

Imagine you can’t get a job because your neighborhood knows you’re a lesbian.

Or your apartment manager discovers you’re a trans man, and kicks you out of your home, which is legal because your government doesn’t protect LGBTI people from discrimination.

This is the experience of many gay, bi and trans people worldwide, individuals who are thrown into a poverty cycle with no escape because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

October 7, 2014

More transgender people are murdered in Brazil than any other country

A Brazilian transgender woman was murdered last week by three shots to the face.

Gull dos Santos, 35, was killed on Wednesday while walking down on a high street in Rio Largo municipality, Alagoas province.

According to police, two men approached the victim on a motorcycle, fired several shots and fled before they could be identified. dos Santos died on the spot.

Although dos Santos was killed on a busy thoroughfare, witnesses did not pass any useful information to police except that more than one man participated in the crime.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

September 30, 2014

Tens of thousands of people denounced his comments on social media

A minor character in the Brazilian presidential race overshadowed a nationally televised debate on Sunday night after saying gay people needed psychological care far away from the general population.

Levy Fidelix drew no reaction from the other candidates but tens of thousands of people took to social media to denounce his comments as homophobic and hateful.

The Brazilian Labor Renewal Party founder said, 'Those people who have those problems should receive psychological help. And very far away from us, because here it is not acceptable.'

September 26, 2014

Young politician was campaigning in the streets of Macapá when he was hit on the side of his head by a large stone

A 25-year-old gay rights activist and politiican was assaulted in Brazil on Wednesday (24 September).

Waldir Pires Bittencourt, campaigning to be a member of the House of Representatives, was campaigning in the streets of the city of Macapá as he was hit on the side of his forehead by a stone thrown from a moving car.

'You want to be a woman? Then you'll get it as a woman,' his attacker allegedly shouted.

September 22, 2014

Their transgender classmate was fined for breaking the school's dress code

A group of boys at São Cristóvão do Colégio Pedro II high school in Rio de Janeiro wore skirts to class after a transgender student was fined for breaking the school's dress code.

Seventeen-year-old Maria Munez, born Mario Munez, recently came out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school but was fined for not wearing trousers.

School authorities said their code of ethics did not allow 'male' students to wear female uniforms.

She complied but her classmates did not.

September 19, 2014

From a a boogie-down in Bogota's biggest gay club to a Segway tour through the streets of Cartagena, here are some tips for enjoying two of Colombia's most popular destinations

When it comes to reputations Bogota - the capital of Colombia – used to be right up there with Bagdad, Mogadishu and Pyongyang as a holiday destination.

Bogota was as notorious for kidnappings as Ibiza still is for a night of debauched clubbing. Years of being the cocaine capital of the world had left the city as a no-go area for all but the brave or mad.

But times have changed and in the space of just a few years Bogota has turned itself around and it’s now one of the safer cities in Latin America.

September 16, 2014

A gay couple in Brazil have made history by requesting – and being granted – that their child’s birth certificate includes the names of three parents

A judge in Brazil has made history by allowing a child’s birth certificate to include the names of three parents.

The request came from the child’s biological mother, her female partner, and the biological father.

In May 2013, Brazil became the third Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage. Fernanda Batagli Kropenscki, aged 26, and Mariani Guedes Santiago, 27, have been together for four years. 

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 12, 2014

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, the building was quickly destroyed by fire just days before it hosted the same-sex ceremony

A cultural center in Brazil that was due to host a gay wedding this weekend has been almost completely destroyed by a fire.

It’s believed that the cause of the blaze was an arson attack and is likely to have been linked to the fact that the CTG Sentinelas do Planalto, in the city of Santana do Livramento, was due to host the same-sex ceremony.

The boss of the center, Gilbert Gisler, received an anonymous phone call a month ago from someone threatening to destroy the building because of its plans to host a gay wedding. He reported the call to the civil police.

September 11, 2014

Police are investigating whether the 18-year-old’s death was a homophobic hate crime

An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack.

It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper.

Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a local bar. Police are investigating the possibility that he was murdered in a homophobic hate crime.