Supreme Court Ruling on Homophobia Was a Rare Victory for Brazil’s LGBT Community

Same-sex couples wait to get married prior to a group marriage in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Nelson Antoine).
Same-sex couples wait to get married prior to a group marriage in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Nelson Antoine).
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Brazil’s highest court officially ruled last week that homophobia and transphobia should be criminalized until Congress passes a law on the subject. The verdict was a much-needed victory for Brazil’s LGBT community, which has faced an increasingly difficult climate under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. In an email interview with WPR, James Green, the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of Latin American History and director of the Brazil Initiative at Brown University, discusses the challenges facing LGBT Brazilians and the significance of the court’s decision. World Politics Review: How has the situation facing LGBT Brazilians changed over the past few years? […]

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