While I was eating more stuffing than I should have this Thanksgiving weekend, major changes happened in the gay scenario in Brazil:
Congress passed a bill making discrimination against homosexuals a crime punishable by at least a year in jail. The bill, which makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime equal to discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin, now goes before the Senate, which has not yet set a date to vote.
In São Paulo last week, a gay couple was given legal permission to jointly adopt a child. Although lesbian couples have been granted adoption rights twice in the past, the case marked the first time two men adopted a child together.
Also in São Paulo, gay couples can now apply for documents of "união estável," which once filed give both partners similar rights to those of a heterosexual couple. It is a big step towards civil unions.
Government will spend R$4 million next year in the Brasil Sem Homofobia campaign against discrimination.