Jair Bolsonaro, who was an army captain under a bloody dictatorship and favors military rule, is leading Brazil’s presidential polls after former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was barred from running for money laundering. Bolsonaro is also vehemently anti-LGBT.
The hate comments are both old and new, from a 2011 comment to Playboy that he’d rather his son die than be gay to a comment in Time last month claiming that he would punch two men kissing in the street. He has also linked homosexuality to pedophilia, and blocked anti-homophobic classes in Brazilian schools.
“Look, you have to have some sort of moral compass bearing in your life. They want to reach our children in order to turn the children into gay adults to satisfy their sexuality in the future. So these are the fundamentalist homosexual groups that are trying to take over society,” he said, PinkNews reported.
Brazil’s presidential election is Oct. 7.