Brazil’s homophobia trial: what’s at stake

Brazil's homophobia trial: what's at stake

During his presidential campaign, Jair Bolsonaro once said: “minorities should bend to the majority—or they will be crushed.” The rise of the far-right politician to the country’s highest office has sparked fear among many minority groups, especially LGBTQ people. Last year, Brazil recorded 420 deaths as a result of homophobia or transphobia, according to NGO Grupo Gay da Bahia. While the number is disputed, one thing is certain: Brazil is not very tolerant when it comes to sexuality. The Supreme Court could, however, try to curb such crimes this week.

Today, Brazil’s highest court will continue a trial on...

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