Brazilians Use Carnival to Protest LGBT Abuses
They’re taking it to the streets. Despite Brazil’s reputation as a tolerant and open society, it’s been shifting rightward politically, leaving members of the LGBT community feeling more at risk. While the government doesn’t keep track of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, one independent watchdog estimates that 2016 saw 343 LGBT Brazilians killed — the deadliest year since it started the tally in 1981. Now the community is taking efforts into its own hands and, despite limitations, using the public platform of Carnival in the hope of increasing visibility and acceptance.