Brazil is about to see something that we only heard about from the United States: a massive movement of people going to one specific State, in order to get married there.
This is because São Paulo State (where São Paulo city is located) has updated its registration rules in order to allow the automatic registration of same sex marriages, without the need of a previous court order.
This change has followed, with some delay, a decision from the Brazilian Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage.
Therefore, foreigners who wish to marry same sex partners in Brazil will now be allowed a marriage visa, which is much easier to obtain than the civil union visa for same sex unions, which already existed.
I consider this a triumph of law and civility. A good thing for Brazil, at last.
A government agency in Brazil has granted the full allotment of “maternity” leave to a gay man in a civil partnership, who has adopted a child. Lucimar da Silva requested the full four month parental leave two years ago, when he and his partner adopted their child. Up until now, Brazillian law has required that the mother of a child would be granted four months leave, whilst the father would get five days. An employee of Brazil’s social security agency, da Silva, argued that it would be discrimination should he not be offered the same as a female employee taking the same type of leave. Yesterday, the agency made a statement saying that this case did not set a legal precedent, and that in future, couples faced with a similar situation should still apply for the leave individually. In July, ambassadors for Brazil demanded more action and discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity as part as universal human rights standards.
South Africa & Brazil Demand UN Action On LGBT Rights
Pink News UK reports:
United Nations ambassadors for South Africa and Brazil have demanded more action and discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity as part as universal human rights standards, and to combat hate crimes. The Ambassador of South Africa to the United Nations, on behalf of his country and Brazil, delivered a statement on 2 July to the United Nations Humans Rights Council, saying that LGBT rights are part of the Universal standard of Human Rights, and demanding action against discrimination and hate crimes. The statement calls for further discussion and work on the issue of violence against LGBT people and their rights being part and parcel of the universal declaration of human rights. This joint statement came after the first global panel discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) which was held in the UN Human Rights council on 7 March 2012. The panel discussion was conducted due to a report from the High Commissioner from the council that showed the enormity of the situation facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It stated although there are scarce official statistics, in all regions, there is widespread bias in jobs, schools and hospitals. People have suffered sexual assault, been imprisoned, tortured and killed The discussion ended in disagreement with some countries agreeing that further action was necessary and that SOGI should be part and parcel of the universal standards of Human Rights. Others, mostly lead by the Organization of Islamic States (OIC), refused to take part and along with some African states, China and Russia, rejected the idea, saying it was a ‘cultural notion’. The OIC further demanded ‘that this will be the last time that the Human Rights Council discusses LGBT rights.’ Since then the matter has not been discussed and the joint statement by South Africa and Brazil stated this must change: ‘We should not inadvertently undermine the promotion and protection of human rights by remaining silent.’ The joint declaration further rejected the objections by the OIC reaffirming that SOGI is part and parcel of the Universal idea of Human Rights and that ‘discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is no more acceptable than doing so on the basis of race, religion, nationality or other grounds… Nobody should be excluded from the protection of international human rights law.’ The statement also called to find a way ‘to end the violence and discrimination that existed in all regions … In the spirit of ubuntu in Africa, meaning “I am because you are”, all people share a link with one another through their common humanity, which also carries with it a shared responsibility to care for one another. The same principle underpins the concept of universal human rights.’ South Africa and Brazil further called upon all countries not to shy away from dialogue and engaging with opposing views (of countries objecting the inclusion of SOGI as a universal standard of Human Rights) stating: ‘reconciling universal standards of human rights with local ideas of culture was challenging but necessary work.’ Experts point out that the joint statement comes at an important time, as different countries and stakeholders from all regions consider next steps and follow-up initiatives in the wake of the panel last March. Strong pro LGBT statements were also delivered by Norway, the Council of Europe, and civil society including a joint statement by ILGA-Europe, COC Netherlands and ARC and other organizations.
Brazil: Young Brothers Victims Of Hate Crime, Mistaken For Gay Couple
The attackers were turned over to the authorities. The gay community in Brazil rejected the violence.
A young man walked embraced his brother early Sunday in a city of Bahia died after being beaten by a group of eight men who allegedly beat two young men considering them a gay couple, police said Thursday.
Jose Leonardo da Silva, 22 years, died of his blows and his brother stayed with fractures in his face, according to local media reported.
"We started the investigations. Five young men still detained at the police station and all were questioned but have no justification for aggression. Working with the suspicion of homophobia," he told reporters in charge of the police unit, Maria Tereza Santos Silva.
"The perpetrators and the victims did not know and had no previous fight," he added.
The legal profession in Brazil on Thursday asked the government to take part in the investigation of crime.
"Even if they had been homosexuals, [that’s no reason for them to be victims of] any aggression, much less of a homophobic murder and brutal [attacks]," said Jaime Asfora, president of the Human Rights Commission of the Order of Lawyers of Brazil, the highest body representing the lawyers.
According to the Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB), which has been collecting statistics on violence against the gay community for three decades, as stated on its website, 266 members of the gay community were killed in 2011 in Brazil.
Brazil has overtaken the UK to become the world’s sixth-largest economy, according to a team of economists. The banking crash of 2008 and the subsequent recession has relegated the UK to seventh place in 2011, behind South America’s largest economy, which has boomed on the back of exports to China and the far east. Russia and India are expected to benefit from a surge in growth over the next 10 years and push the UK into eighth place. Like most economies, India is struggling with high inflation and slowing growth, but its highly educated workforce and skills in growth areas from IT and services to engineering will push the economy into fifth place. After a decade of selling oil and gas to Europe and other parts of Asia, Russia will be at number four. The only compensation for ministers concerned by Britain’s relative fall is that France will fall at a faster pace. Nicolas Sarkozy can still boast that France is the fifth-largest economy behind the US at number one, China, Japan and Germany, but by 2020, the Centre for Economics and business Research (CEBR) forecasts it will fall past the UK into ninth spot. Germany will also slip to seventh place in 2020. CEBR chief executive Douglas McWilliams said: “Brazil has beaten the European countries at soccer for a long time, but beating them at economics is a new phenomenon. Our world economic league table shows how the economic map is changing, with Asian countries and commodity-producing economies climbing up the league while we in Europe fall back.” Europe is expected to suffer a “lost decade” of low growth following a credit binge over the past 20 years. Paying back debts over a short timescale will restrict growth and prevent many countries, including the UK, from clawing back output lost in the banking crash for many years. The European Union, recently described by one Chinese official as “a worn-out welfare society”, will remain the world’s largest collective trading bloc, though a recession next year is expected to hit global growth. The latest forecasts by the CEBR show world growth falling to 2.5% in 2012, a downward revision from the forecast made in September. However, the CEBR warned a scenario involving “one or more countries leaving the euro, sovereign defaults and banks going bust and needing to be bailed out” would reduce global growth in 2012 to 1.1%. The European growth slowdown is forecast to be even more marked, with a fall in GDP by 0.6% and a possible fall of 2% if the euro currency club breaks up. The US forecast is better, with growth of 1.8%.Emerging economies, which have seen their stock markets dive in recent months as investors assess the fallout from the euro crisis, would regain their momentum, said the CEBR. China is forecast to grow by 7.6% and India by 6%. But other recent star economies with closer links to the EU or commodity prices are likely to face an economic slowdown with Turkish growth slowing to 2.5% from 7.1% this year, Saudi Arabia at 4% after 6.1% this year, Russia 2.8% after 3.8% this year, and Brazil 2.5% after 2.8% this year.
Brazil: Government Grants Residency To Same-Sex Partner
The Advocate reports:
Published reports say the Brazilian government has for the first time granted permanent residency to a non-citizen based on a same-sex relationship.
According to The Washington Post, Antonio Vega Herrera of Spain, who lives in the Brazilian town of Aracatuba with his native-Brazilian partner, has been granted the right to live in the country permanently based on an October ruling by Brazil’s supreme court “that recognized same-sex marriage, giving gay couples the rights such as the ability to jointly file taxes and to jointly adopt a child.”
Julio Moreira, president of the Rio de Janeiro gay rights group Arco Iris, applauded the move, saying, “We’re advancing our rights as part of a conversation about democracy in this country. Our constitution says no one should be discriminated against, so we see this in the same terms as the fight against racism and sexism.”
Moreira says the next hurdle is getting Congress to pass legislation guaranteeing those rights so that individual cases won’t have to be tried in court.
After a bizarre rant that included the declaration that she’s entitled to use the word “fag” because “I’m a gay icon,” Courtney Love bolted for the wings of a Brazil concert and refused to return until the audience chanted “Foo Fighters are gay.”
After the meltdown, Love stormed off the stage. Hole’s guitarist returned to the mic after a few moments, instructing the crowd to yell “Foo Fighters are gay” in order for his boss to reemerge from the shadows. When Courtney finally returned, she menacingly offered – in a thinly veiled dig at Grohl: “I don’t care what you listen to at home, but if a guy takes off money off my kid’s table, fuck him.” Unsatisfied with just the singular cut down, Love went on to claim that Dave Grohl makes “millions” and “steals” from Love and Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Tabloids are more shocked that Love stripped off her clothes and performed part of her set topless.
After snapping back, “Go see the fucking Foo Fighters [ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s band] and do that shit,” and threatening to attack the fan, Love retreated offstage. Only after a crew member led the audience in a chant of “Foo Fighters are gay,” did the set — during which Love flashed the crowd
Ex-Gay Brazilian Leader Sergio Viula Admits There’s No Such A Thing As “Ex-Gay”
Here’s a piece of an interview of Sergio by William De Luca:
Today I know that I was deceiving myself. But back then, I thought that every sentiment or attraction was a mere case of ‘temptation’ and that it could be overcome with prayer and dedication to god. In the group, we used to think, basically speaking, that being gay was a sin, which should be confessed and abandoned and, therefore, we would proselytize, counsel, pray, preach, recommend certain books, read the Bible – things that believers usually do, but focusing on homosexuality itself; unfortunately, always demonizing homogenic love. Nobody really quit being gay. There were relationships even within the group, between an activity and another, they would always find time for that.
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