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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.

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 21, 2012

The city of Teresina in Brazil has issued a formal warning to a bar which banned a lesbian couple 

The city of Teresina, Brazil has issued a formal warning this week to a bar that banned a lesbian couple from attending its Valentine’s Day party.

The warning, given on 18 June, was issued by a municipal commission that investigated a complaint by the lesbian couple that the bar violated the city's anti-discrimination law.

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.

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.

May 25, 2012

Politicians in Brazil have made a small step to recognizing same-sex partnerships but the courts are still far ahead of them

Brazil’s politicians have made a small step to catching up with their judges and legalizing same-sex marriage.

A proposal to allow same-sex civil unions has been before Brazil’s Congress for 16 years.

But yesterday (24 May) the human rights committee in Brazil’s Senate approved a change in the law to say a civil union is between two people, without saying they have to be opposite genders.

However even that stops short of full gay marriage. And the bill still has to pass through other senate committees before it can get to a full vote and become law.