No To Homophobia In Brazil

Gay rights group Arco-Íris has launched a national campaign in support of the law for the criminalization of homophobia, which is currently waiting for approval in the senate. With the launch on an online petition at www.nã, Grupo Arco-Íris aims to collect 1 million signatures in support of the law, to be delivered to senators by March of 2009. About 40 to 70 thousand signatures are expected to be collected in Rio during Gay Pride on October 12, thanks to 80 computers available on 4 different floats. If you happen to be there, make sure to get involved.

I have already signed it online. I ask that you guys do the same. You do not need to be Brazilian to show your support.


What exactly are they criminalizing? As in, what does someone have to do to be penalized? Is it anti-discrimination in hiring practices? Is it an anti hate speech measure? Or is it thought police? Can you please give more details?

Any homophobic act would be considered a crime, so people would be protected if they are either fired from a job or harassed on the street for being gay. An aggressor on that case would be viewed as a criminal.

Petition is difficult to sign because it uses abbreviations non-lusophones won't understand.

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