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Evangelical Christians Push “Heterosexual Pride Day” in Brazil

Evangelical Christians Push “Heterosexual Pride Day” in Brazil

Earlier this year, a Brazilian judge permitted a gay couple in a civil union to officially turn their partnership into a marriage - but that doesn’t mean that homophobia is over in Brazil.   Leaders in the very city where the pro-same-sex-marriage ruling came down, São Paulo, voted to declare an annual “Heterosexual Pride Day,” in an effort to strike back at public celebrations of gay pride.

Carlos Apolinário, the representative behind the bill, has the backing of Brazil’s increasingly powerful Protestant church.  He has, in the past, tried to ban gay pride parades, but has clearly decided that it’s time to try a less direct tack.  The creation of “Heterosexual Day,” he said, was not homophobic, but rather a way to end the “excesses and privileges” that the gay community enjoys.

To give you a sense for how extremely lucky LGBT people in Brazil are, just weeks ago a conservative congressman in the capital Brasilia announced that he was proud to be prejudiced against gays.  The Gay Group of Bahia reports that the number of people killed because of their sexual orientation has risen 113 percent over the past five years.  Clearly, this is a minority group that has more privileges than it knows what to do with.

The measure needs to be approved by the mayor before it can become official, and it’s unclear whether the mayor will add his stamp of approval.  It’s apparent, though, that for people like Apolinário, any basic right afforded to LGBT citizens of Brazil will seem like an undeserved privilege, which will fast erode the country’s morals if left unchecked.

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9:57AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:42PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Hey, I have nothing against the gay community, etc, but I remember seeing a gay pride parade in SF YEARS ago. Frankly, there were quite a few of them who made it a disgusting affair. I'm talking about people wearing open butt leather tight pants- chaps(?). And performing certain sexual acts in the streets. IF they caan have a gay pride parade, then heterosexuals should have the same right if we want. Fact is, more hetero's are open to homo's than ever before, but part of what we DON'T like is the in-your-face mentality & constantly having to refer to one's sexuality in the first place, like "gay & proud of it" BS. I don't ever wear shirts denoucing homosexuality OR saying that I'm "hetero & proud of it." This constant throwing homosexuality into the faces of everyone in society is not helping their cause. If anything, it's hurting it. I have no prob w/homo's holding hands in public, but I don't want to see them sucking face (or anything else for that matter) & personally, I think hetero's who do likewise, should find a private room too. I don't think people need to hide their sexuality but why should they throw it into everyone else's face...?

9:22AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Grazie delle notizie.

11:07PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Dear mother of homosexual gods....a heterosexual pride parade?? LMFAO Even as a heterosexual I would avoid that like I'd avoid a festering mountain of herpes! Nothing beats the fun, happiness & outright joy of a gay pride parade. Nothing. My husband & I go every year & absolutely LOVE it every time. The people we've met & had conversations with are incredible, the books we've picked up are incredible. The sheer fun we have is incredible. It's the only parade of any kind we go to without fail. Seriously, breeders on parade would be a great big snore.

For those who think this is 'only fair', you must live on a different planet than I do. Do you know how many times a day I hear or read the words 'f*g' or phrases like 'that's so gay'? Whether out grocery shopping or on the Internet, I & millions of other people are subjected to this hateful, nasty shite. It sickens me. Those who are gay have IMO only started to have some of their rights as human beings respected. And their rights in no way infringe upon anybody else's. Yet those running around gay bashing, whether physically or psychologically, infringe on EVERYBODY'S rights. Go start your own little colony of heterosexual lepers on a remote island & leave the rest of us to live in peace & acceptance of one another. Not tolerance. ACCEPTANCE.

Can't wait for this year's GAY PRIDE PARADE! :-)

7:50PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Richard,

Frankly, you are a heterosexist prat.

2:11PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Tessa W. Aug 5, 2011 11:23 AM: I'm with you. I will also go and support my oppressed straight friends! LOL

2:09PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Elizabet K. Aug 5, 2011 6:37 PM. "Richard, you know you are going to look really silly."

Sorry, I'm over my limit for Green Stars!

And Richard B. Aug 5, 2011 5:57 PM: I, unlike you, didn't choose my sexual identity, but the very best luck to you and your boooooooring parade! At least Gay Pride Parades are funny, colorful and morally uplifting!

3:19AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

@Tom - because everyday is Het Pride Day - your hetero privilege is showing in a not so pretty way.

4:29PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Well, look at that: a parody of a parody. Why should it not work both ways?

9:04PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

I love a parade.....

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