Gay Congressman Flees Brazil Over Death Threats

Jean Wyllys, Brazil’s first openly gay congressman announced Thursday that he left his job, and fled the country after receiving death threats.

One of Wyllys’ representatives told Reuters that he would not be giving interviews or naming his location for safety reasons. He received death threats in the past, but Wyllys said violence against LGBT people became more frequent after the election of homophobic president Jair Bolsonaro. This is what made him feel compelled to leave the country. 

“It was not Bolsonaro’s election itself. It was the level of violence that has increased since he was elected,” Wyllys told Folha de Sao Paulo.

Wyllys has plans to work in academia, according to Folha, but does not plan on returning home. He said he will do more when the “new era” arrives.