Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has said he doesn’t want his country to become a ‘gay tourism paradise’.
‘Whoever wants to come here to have sex with a woman can go for it. But we can’t be known as a paradise for the gay world,’ he said.
‘Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families.’ he continued.
The far-right leader, who often makes headlines with bigoted rhetoric, made the comments yesterday.
Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil ‘can’t be gay tourism paradise’
Jean Wyllys, a LGBT campaigner who went into exile after receiving death threats, said the comments were just a continuation of Bolsonaro’s views on minorities.
‘With this unhappy declaration and this unhappy gesture against the LGBT community, Bolsonaro is just being Bolsonaro. Everyone knew this,’ he said.
Bolsonaro has also said he is ‘homophobic and proud of it’.
He also said he would rather his son ‘die in an accident’ than come home with a man.
In 2002, he said if he saw two men kissing in the street he would ‘whack them’.
‘Brazilians don’t like homosexuals’
Bolsonaro has also said the state should not pay for anti-retroviral drugs for people living with HIV.
Numerous commentators have expressed concern that Bolsonaro will usher in a new era of authoritarianism in the Latin American country.
In a 2013 interview with Stephen Fry, Bolsonaro said ‘Brazilians don’t like homosexuals’. Fry said it ‘was one of the most chilling confrontations I’ve had with a human being’.
During last year’s presidential campaign, the former army captain softened his stance. He argued he was not homophobic, but opposed to the ‘gay kit’.
This is term conservatives used to talk about anti-homophobia materials the previous government tried to introduce in schools.
He is also considered one of President Donald Trump’s greatest allies.