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An ambitious governor comes out as gay

Governor Eduardo Leite of Rio Grande do Sul has come out, advancing the cause of LGBT+ visibility. But does he have a chance in the 2022 presidential race?

vaccine Rio Grande do Sul Governor Eduardo Leite. Photo: José Cruz/ABr
Rio Grande do Sul Governor Eduardo Leite. Photo: José Cruz/ABr

“I am gay. And I am proud of that,” said Governor Eduardo Leite of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state. “I have nothing to hide. I’m proud to talk about my sexual orientation and who I am — even though that should be a non-issue in our country,” he said, breaking a barrier no other acting governor has ever done.

Mr. Leite, 36, is the youngest governor in office in Brazil — and he plans to run for the presidential nomination of his center-right Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). After his coming out, he said he wanted to...

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