Brazil to Eliminate Gay References From Public Schools

LGBT banner at the Brazilian National Congress. Credit: Antonio Cruz / ABr

Brazil’s proudly homophobic President Jair Bolsonaro will be removing all references to homosexuality, gay marriage and violence against women from schools and textbooks.

When Bolsonaro took office, he intended to eliminate “gender ideology and sexism” from schools, thought the Ministry of Education. He also eliminated their diversity department, according to Life Site.

“One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions,” Bolsonaro wrote in a tweet before his inauguration.

Brazil’s teacher unions are pushing back against the move, opposing the erasure of LGBT and women’s struggles.

“We are still waiting to see how, in practice, all this is going to turn out,” Nilton Brandao, president of one of Brazil’s largest teachers’ unions told the AP. “Right now, it does not make any sense.”