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March 10, 2013

Grupo Gay da Bahia, a gay rights group in Brazil, releases startling figures for homophobic killings that took place in the Latin American country last year

Once again, activists claim Brazil has the world’s highest occurrence of homophobic murders.

Brazilian LGBT rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia has released a breakdown of gay-related murders for 2012, claiming that Brazil accounts for 44% of homophobic executions worldwide.

Grupo Gay da Bahia documented 338 killings of gays, lesbians and transsexuals in Brazil that took place in 2012. Two of these killings include two Brazilian transsexuals in Italy.

December 14, 2012

A 15-year-old strangled to death a student, in Campo Grande, Brazil, stating: ‘for me, gays are vermin’. Friend joined murder plot

Two teens have been arrested in connection with the murder of Lawrence Corrêa Biancão, a 20 year-old student, in Campo Grande, in the south west of Brazil.

The two confessed to the crime and stated that their motivation was theft and homophobia.

‘He wanted to kiss me and I wanted to kill him’, declared the boy who killed Biancão to daily Campo Grande News.

November 19, 2012

Tens of thousands pour on to Copacabana beach for carnvival themed LGBT pride

An estimated one million people hit Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana beach yesterday (18 November) for the Brazilian city's annual gay pride celebrations.

Fifteen floats blaring music lined Avenida Atlantica, while many revellers came dressed in colorful carnival costumes.

As well holding a carnival-like party, organizers Grupo Arco-Iris (Rainbow Group) hoped this year's event would also send a powerful political message.

'The main thing is to fight for the criminalization of homophobia,' pride marcher Ester Silveir told France 24.

September 19, 2012

A trans woman became the latest victim in a spate of trans murders in state of state of São Paulo, Brazil

A 20 year-old trans woman was murdered in the early hours of Sunday (16 September) in the city of Votuporanga, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The body was found near a dumpster in a rural region of the city. The victim’s genitals and one ear were found to have been cut off.

The Brazilian military police, who are investigating the case, suspect that the trans woman, who was a sex worker, was possibly taken to the remote location and murdered by a client.

The police still has no clues as to the identity of the murderer.

June 1, 2012

A report shows the chances of a gay man being murdered in Brazil are 800% more likely to occur than in the US

Sex-rights groups in Peru and Brazil announced the number of homosexual killings in 2011.

Brazil's Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB) documented 266 murders of gays, lesbians and transvestites in Brazil last year, six more than in 2010.

According to Professoe Luiz Mott, an anthropologist at the Federal University of Bahia and founder of the GGB: 'The underreporting of these crimes is striking, indicating that the number represents just the tip of an iceberg of cruelty and blood.