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Chapter 3 - LGBT rights: the rainbow tide

In 2016, when he was still just a Congressman, Jair Bolsonaro was interviewed by US actor Ellen Page (star of Juno). Bolsonaro says he has nothing against her, because she is very pretty. If he were a military cadet, he would whistle at her in the street. When he was young there weren't so many gay people, but now,...
British actor, writer, comedian and gay rights activist interviews Brazilian Congressman Jair Bolsonaro in 2014 to try to find out why he opposes legislation against homophobic violence. As Fry says, in conclusion, 'that must rank as one of the strangest and most chilling encounters I have ever experienced'.
Lesbian Reggaeton: 'Lo que las mujeres quieren' (What girls want). With English subtitles. Chocolate Remix is the reggaetón project led by Romina Bernardo (aka Chocolate) since 2014. It criticises the machismo associated with this genre and 'resignifies' it, using the same musical logic, creating a new concept of what it calls 'Lesbian Reggaeton'. This idea plays with the stereotypes and...
In November-December 2018 Christian Aid promoted a Month of Awareness of Gender Based Violence, working with its partners in the region, around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December). The Latin American and Caribbean region has the highest rates of violence against women, girls and LGBTI population in...
Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have legalised same-sex marriage. What explains the advance of gay rights in Latin America, and how far will they spread? Video: The Economist, Oct 2015
Gender-based movement restrictions came into effect in Bogotá this Monday (13 April), permitting men and women to go out for essential trips on alternate days. The measure, announced last week by the city’s mayor Claudia López Hernández as an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19, has received criticism from trans rights groups. Bogotá is following in the...
Argentine tango teacher and LGBT activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma made this video for the (15 June) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. LAB's Nina Meghji and her mother joined others all over the world to support this cause. Edgardo was interviewed (by Nina) in LAB's Voices of Latin America, Chapter 3.
Queer Tango teacher and LGBTQ+ activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma tells LAB’s Nina Meghji about navigating the digital space, the impact of lockdown on Buenos Aires’ elder residents, and the economic implications for Buenos Aires’ tango community post Covid-19.
Marielle Franco, Brazilian LGBT and human rights activist, was killed in March 2018. Her widow, Monica Benicio, continued her fight for better treatment of the poor, the LGBT community and black Brazilians. Her murder has still not been solved and as the police investigation drifts, Monica is a plunged into a new crisis - the...
Marielle Franco was a rising political star in Brazil: she was an activist, the only Black woman to serve on Rio de Janeiro’s current City Council, and a fierce critic of Brazilian government corruption. Marielle Franco grew up in Maré, a favela in northern Rio de Janerio, Brazil and known for her infectious smile, colorful headwraps,...

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