Brazil’s First National Gays and Transsexuals Conference Is Sponsored by Government

Family marches at Brazil's Gay parade Brazil's First National Conference of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals received its official convocation on Thursday of last week, November 29, by none other than the socialist President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a first in the history of the country.

The president decreed that the conference would take place May 8-11, 2008, "under the auspices of the Special Secretary of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic, with the objectives of 1. proposing the directives for the implementation of public policies and the national plan for promoting the citizenship and human rights of gays, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals – GLBT, and 2. evaluate and propose strategies to strengthen the program Brazil Without Homophobia."

Brazil Without Homophobia is a national program run by the Lula administration that teaches that homosexual orientation is unchangeable, and seeks to construct a culture in Brazil that is "affirming" towards homosexuality.

With official government sponsorship, the conference will have a composition of 40% delegates from the government sector and the remaining 60% from among private individuals, according to MixBrasil, a homosexual website.

Organizer Julian Rodrigues is jubilant. "There are countries with more advanced legislation and policies, but this will be the first time that a federal government convokes a complete conference, with the participation of the majority of the organized movement, to define a national plan of public policies for almost 10% of the population, historically relegated to prejudice and discrimination," he said.

Rodrigues' statistic of 10% for the population of homosexuals is denied by scientific studies that show that homosexuals comprise between 3 and 5% of national populations at the most, but it is commonly cited by homosexual activists in the promotion of their cause.

"The first Conference is now created, and there is no turning back.  We are going to pull up our sleeves and construct it in all of the states (of Brazil), mobilizing the greatest number possible of members of our community, discussing rights and affirmative public policies," said Rodrigues.

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  • Natasha Avital

    It’s way more than 10%
    ”Rodrigues’ statistic of 10% for the population of homosexuals is denied by scientific studies that show that homosexuals comprise between 3 and 5% of national populations at the most, but it is commonly cited by homosexual activists in the promotion of their cause.”

    The 10% statistic it’s based on Kinsey’s classical studies about sexual behavior and it covers only MEN who engaged in sexual relations with men in some point of their lives. Between bissexual and transgender people and lesbian women the number of GLBT people in society is way higher than 5%, and possibly higher than 10%. A recent research in Brazil showed that, no more than 2 years ago, 26% of the population defined themselves as ”non-heterossexual”.

  • Yours truly Dickinson

    I know you are truly an expert on the subject based on your first experience with the family bull back in Basel. Mom and Dad werenÀ¢€™t around and you started itchingÀ¢€¦come on Ch.c tell us that story !! Tell us how relieve you were, in your mind, to realized that you were not guy because you only had 3 or 4 sexual experiences with the boys But but but they were very very quick and therefore it didnÀ¢€™t count !!!??? 0:

  • Lloyd Cata

    JoÀƒ£o da Silva
    Touche, mon ami! 😉

  • João da Silva

    Llyod Cata
    [quote]Apparently the Church is easy to confront, and the oligarchs surrounding him are a bit more difficult.[/quote]

    Not really, Lloyd, when the Church is full of gays and so is the oligarchy !

    [quote]Just more women for us real men[/quote]

    I have no intention of disputing this particular statement of yours 😉

  • Lloyd Cata

    ;-)[b]Not to worry, mi amor,

    Just more women for us real men[/b] 😉

    However here in the States it is the homosexual women who are rising rapidly. Of course this brings US men to Brazil forever. 😉 State sponsorship of this program is indeed revolutionary. Indeed more so since Brazil is the largest Catholic population in the world. President Lula has finally shown some boldness in embracing a part of the population. Perhaps he will next address the Landless and Homeless with as much enthusiasm. Apparently the Church is easy to confront, and the oligarchs surrounding him are a bit more difficult.

  • Larry Thomas

    What a world of differnce in living gay in Brazil and the U.S.A. I spend 6 months per year in Brazil and I am a gay citizen from the U.S. When Brazilian acquaitances openly asked me if I were attracted to women or men, at first my response was a hedging coverup because I didn’t understand that in Brazil I didn’t need to hide the fact that I was gay; nobody cared one way or the other. In the U.S. no one ever asks me this question. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” requirement from the military has bled into the general population. The paranoia of being on the uncomfortable end of prejudice in the U.S. is always present. In Brazil I feel free to be who I am. Congratulations Brazil; nowhere is this problem perfected, but in Brazil it is most evolved.

  • angelinajolie

    Gay rights issues
    I am kind of concern with the gay rights issues. Think about it, if more men are becoming gays….well I am just wondering what kind of women that we may become??? Besides aren’t these gays attracted to any women at all????

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