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Brazil: Sao Paulo Pride draws over one million people

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  1. Christopher Coleman 3 Jun 2013, 9:10pm

    We can learn a lot from the Brazilians, who seem to take pleasure being lively and beautiful.

    1. Lion in Winter 4 Jun 2013, 4:53am

      I can do without the razor burn and ingrown hairs…

  2. Alice Randall 3 Jun 2013, 11:54pm

    Firstly, I was there yesterday and there was a hell of a lot more than 1 million people there – at least 2. Secondly, São Paulo was not the first state to effectively legalise same-sex marriage: 6 other states did it beforehand (most of them in the North/North East of the country, ironically the most homophobic part).

    What I would like to point out about the parade was that the addition of Daniela Mercury (newly-outed extremely famous Brazilian singer) to the line-up made it much more political and not just a giant street party, which it was last year. The crowd was much more gay, which meant the community was actually getting up off their a**’s and supporting the cause.

    The Brazilian media also – quite rightly – referred to the parade as a ‘protest’ which is what it still very much is, due to the level of homophobic violence going on in the country and the complete lack of legislation protecting against it.

  3. Alice Randall 4 Jun 2013, 4:17am

    Another couple of corrections:

    1. Marta Suplicy would never have said “We have got to make a change in the Constitution so that we are all citizens with the same rights,” – it has either been mistranslated or misquoted. It is BECAUSE of the Brazilian constitution that there is now gay marriage in Brazil.

    2. There is no need for Congress to pass a law regarding gay marriage: Brazil has a constitutional system, not a parliamentary one.

    3. Homophobia in Brazil is not due to Catholicism. There is gay marriage in Spain, Argentina, Uruguay – all deeply Catholic countries. The homophobia today is now mostly down to the increasing popularity of evangelical mega-churches (similar to those in the US) that spew homophobic and hateful messages to their followers.

  4. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world, but it is the rise of the Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches which have grown to about 24% of the population that is fueling the homophobia and intolerance. Many of these churches get funding and resources from affiliate churches in the USA.

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