Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, is fueling hate and discrimination in one of the most beautiful counties in the world, and indigenous people, women, the LGBTQ community, and other minorities will suffer while he is in office.
According to The New York Times:
Mr. Bolsonaro, for years a minor figure in Congress best known for his outbursts against women, gay people and black people, managed to turn Brazil’s rampant political corruption and violent crime into an election opportunity, billing himself as the candidate who would restore law and order.
He also won over many voters with his culturally conservative agenda. While campaigning, he accused previous left-leaning governments of distributing “gay kits” in schools, a reference to sexual education materials that he said “perverted” students.
For many in the L.G.B.T. community, the biggest fear is that Mr. Bolsonaro’s fiery rhetoric has fueled a new era of intolerance and intimidation that could potentially lead to violence.
“People now have this open homophobic discourse that they were too embarrassed to say before,” said Ms. Foguel. “I’m so afraid of reliving a past that I thought we had already conquered. I’ve had panic attacks.”
The polarized elections set off a wave of politically motivated attacks, generated virulent messages on social media and even led to the creation of a computer game in which players can use an avatar of Mr. Bolsonaro and kill leftists, feminists and gay people.
Read more about what the future may hold for gay people in Brazil at The New York Times.