The Federal Supreme Court ruled that homophobia and transphobia can be framed in the crime of racism.
The governor of the Brazilian state of Maranhão, Flávio Dino, announced that he will sue the country’s president Jair Bolsonaro for homophobic mockery, following his statements made on a live broadcast.
In his social networks, Dino said that «Bolsonaro came to Maranhão with his usual lack of courtesy and decorum. He made a joke with one of our traditional corporate brands: Guarana Jesús.» In addition, he affirmed that «he used public money for political propaganda. He will be prosecuted.»
Deputy Ivan Valente of the Socialism and Freedom Party said Bolsonaro went to Maranhão to spread homophobia, while his party announced that he would also sue the president.
On this, the parliamentarian David Miranda said that «discriminatory practices and violations of rights cannot prosper and we will not accept them in silence, especially when they emanate from the President of the Republic. Demonstrations like these are an incentive for the worst types of prejudice and violence. against the LGBTI + population «.
Likewise, the deputies of Maranhão Rubens Pereira Junior and Márcio Jerry highlighted the lack of respect for Maranhão and repudiated the homophobic position of the president.
The president commented on Guarana Jesús, a typical pink drink of the state, that «whoever takes this guarana here, becomes a Maranhense.»