Three million people were expected at the Pride march in Sao Paulo on Sunday, but many showed up not only in support of the LGBT community, but in protest of the anti-LGBT climate.
Many Brazilians felt their liberties were under threat, due to the proudly homophobic President Jair Bolsonaro, according to the South China Morning Post. Even as Brazil’s Supreme Court criminalized homophobia, Bolsonaro said it was “an error.”
“I came to fight against homophobia and disrespect,” said 31-year-old Monique Barber, who said she was threatened at the beginning of the march, according to South China Morning Post. “We have a homophobic politician and we are seeing things go backwards. Just imagine being attacked at the LGBT march itself,” she said.
Since Bolsonaro’s campaign last year, reports of crimes against LGBT people tripled, according to the Washington Post.