Brazil's Supreme Federal Court declares Homophobia a Crime

Aug 31, 2023 0 comments

In a landmark decision, Brazil's supreme court has taken a giant step towards promoting equality and inclusivity by officially classifying homophobia and transphobia as crimes similar to racism. The court's ruling was met with cheers of joy and relief from supporters of the LGBT community, marking a significant victory in the ongoing fight for equal rights and protection against discrimination.


In a resolute show of support for equality, six of Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal's 11 judges had already cast their votes in favor of a groundbreaking measure in late May. This initial endorsement paved the way for a triumphant moment as the final justices added their voices, resulting in an overwhelming tally of eight votes in favor and three against.


“In a discriminatory society like the one we live in, the homosexual is different and the transsexual is different. Every preconception is violence, but some impose more suffering than others,” said justice Carmen Lucia.


The journey towards equal rights in Brazil has seen challenges, despite the legalization of same-sex marriage. The court's decision to elevate LGBTQ+ rights to the status of racism recognition is a vital step towards addressing this disparity. In a nation where LGBTQ+ individuals face significant discrimination and violence, this ruling reinvigorates hope for a more inclusive society.


Meanwhile, in the In the Philippines,

For more than twenty years, a bill (SOGIESC) in the Philippines that would protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and more has been stuck in Congress. Every year, lawmakers talk about it, but it keeps getting rejected. This leaves many LGBT people without any legal help when they face discrimination.


Father and son, Eddie and Joel Villanueva, are two of the loudest voices against the bill. Eddie Villanueva, who started a big church, says the bill is not part of Filipino values. Joel Villanueva, a senator, thinks the bill might lead to same-sex marriage.


"I don't see any urgency for that particular measure," Villanueva said last June. "I don't know why, who is following it up, or saying that it is a priority measure because it is not a priority measure to begin with."


As certain senators seek refuge within the intricate threads of religion, blurring the lines between church and state, members of the LGBTQIA+ community bear the brunt of their actions. Amid this sheltered stance, the pain endures, as hate crimes persist and continue to escalate, casting a shadow over the plight of those yearning for acceptance.



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