Brazil: Thousands attend Pride march to speak out against anti-LGBT murders
Thousands of Brazilians attended Rio de Janeiro’s 19th Pride event on Sunday, speaking out against the shocking number of LGBT people who have been murdered in the country.
Attendees marched under the slogan “A million voices!” along Copacabana beach this weekend, the Egypt Independent reports.
Carlos Tufvesson, one of the event organisers, said: “It is important that the population understands their rights and they express themselves against homophobia.”
Though homosexuality is not a crime in Brazil, it is notorious for having one of the highest murder rates for LGBT people – and transgender people in particular – in the world.
In October, an 18 year old gay Brazilian was found murdered with a broken neck – an attack that is being investigated as a hate crime.
Rights activist Carlos Tufvesson told O Globo that the murders should be treated as hate crimes, as racist murders are.