Brazilian Activists Rally After Anti-Gay President Is Elected

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Anielle Franco

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s recently-elected right-wing president, is openly anti-gay. But that isn’t stopping activists from campaigning against him.

Marielle Franco, a prominent black, LGBT activist, was shot in Rio de Janeiro in March. Months later, Bolsonaro was elected, and hatred has filtered throughout Brazil, her sister Anielle Franco said, according to AFP.

"Since Sunday we have had so many cases of violence — people who are screaming at each other in the face, hitting people," the 34-year-old told AFP.

Franco said activists, like her sister, wouldn’t hide from Bolsonaro.

“LGBT organizations are not going to hide,” she said. “They are going to go to the fight and the frontline and say, ‘we exist.’"


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