Opinion

Brazil is not a liberal country, says LGBTQ icon

Brazil LGBTQ rights Andre Fischer
Photo: Paulo Pinto/Fotos Públicas

Back in September, an exhibition called “Queer Museum,” featuring 270 LGBTQ-themed artworks, was abruptly closed after right-wing groups began a crusade to shut it down. Protesters accused the material – which was sexually explicit and gender-bending – of promoting pedophilia and bestiality. This was only the latest in a series of episodes demonstrating that Brazil, contrary to what many foreigners might otherwise believe, is still a conservative country. At least that’s the opinion of André Fischer, a household name in Brazil’s LGBTQ community.

Fischer is the country manager for Hornet, a gay social network app. He is also the head...

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