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(user currently living in BRAZIL) posted for gay readers on 24/01/2013 tagged with gender identity, sexual orientation
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I'm 40, professor, and live in a State capital city in southern Brazil. I "came out" in 1992, all my family, my friends, the people in the University know about my condition. I experienced a minor episode of homophobia in the University in 2003, when I was excluded from an evaluation comission, but in general the conditions are very positive. The students are more tollerant than the professor, because young people grew up in more tollerant times. But I never faced any overt manifestation of homophobia. In my city the general attitude about LGBTI people is relativelly positive. Of course, there are some hostile attitude, but you can see [not so common, but you can see] gay couples with hand in hand, and kissing. Some months ago, I young man related in Facebook that he suffer a verbal menace, when he kissed his boyfriend in a mall, from a straight man. I would say that is not so safe to kiss in public... My region is more conservative than Rio de Janeiro, for example, but we have much less urban violence. In any case, you must not see to Carnaval scenes in TV and believe that common people in the streets behave like that. That's very far away from the reality...
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Julia Zelg (user currently living in BRAZIL) posted for lesbian readers on 13/01/2013 tagged with human rights, sexual orientation
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Hello,
I'm a lesbian and singer. Me and my wife have suffered together a lot of prejudice in Brazil, and have fought together for our rights. So we decided to make a video clip with lesbian issues, ‘cause we believe that the LGBT issue must be released and it’s a chance to be closer to a reality in which the world may consider being gay as natural as being straight. And we think entertainment music videos is a good way to show it to a lot of people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abqOV6l_5G4

Best Regards
Julia Zelg
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Benjamin Bee (user currently living in BRAZIL) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 13/07/2012 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation +10
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Exmo. Sr.
Ophir Filgueiras Cavalcante Junior
Diretor Presidente do Conselho Federal da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil

O Secretariado da Suprapartidária LGBT vem por meio deste encaminhar a V. Excia a Petição Permanente da Suprapartidária LGBT dirigida a Presidência do Conselho Federal da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil.

A presente campanha de abaixo assinado é perpétua e de caráter global, ou até que a decisão do Conselho Federal da OAB seja favorável e encaminhe nossa demanda ao Secretário Geral da Nações Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, porque leva-nos a crer que nem o Executivo e nem o Legislativo brasileiros ouviriam nosso CLAMOR mesmo que partisse da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil.

As mais de 1000 (mil) assinaturas até o presente momento encontram-se no site
http://www.peticaopublica.com.br/PeticaoVer.aspx?pi=OAB2012

e sugerimos que V. Excia tome conhecimento também das reportagens nacionais catalogadas no blog "Quem a Homofobia Matou Hoje?" como subsídio inicial para a vossa decisão.
http://homofobiamata.wordpress.com

Segue o CLAMOR em língua inglesa, objeto da campanha da comunidade LGBT do Brasil abaixo representada.

Petition to OAB in favor of sexual minorities and victims of hate crime

HELP, OAB!


The Brazilian civil society hereby represented by all minorities, warranted or not, by law force, against prejudice and discrimination come to beg OAB (Order of Attorneys of Brazil) for help, pleading with them to put in a good word with the UN and speak out against the negligence by Brazilian Executive and Legislative powers' toward LGBT people.

Our Human Rights have been systematically denied and violated through the growing influence of radical segments based on religious fundamentalism, mainly represented by evangelical Members of Parliament, who politically blackmail the Executive so it will not give course to public policies against homophobia, or to law bills that would criminalize homophobia on the same grounds as racism.

This situation of paralysis and vacuity of legal rights has brought up grave implications such as significant raise of homicides with refinement of cruelty motivated by hatred, taking the life of a homosexual every 20 hours - only in the beginning of 2012.

If nothing shall be done, Brazil will motionlessly witness the increase of homophobic murders from 266 documented crimes in 2011 to an estimated figure – if the current pace remains – of about 350 hate crimes in 2012.

We, the civil society composed of women, Afro-Descendants, foreigners, elders, disabled, LGBT people and other defenders of these minorities' Human Rights, need to have our denunciation and plead reach the United Nations.

We firmly believe that the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB), as a stronghold of the democratic State, which aims at defending all Brazilian people's citizenship, has enough political and social scope to be taken into account by the most important international organization of Human Rights defense, interceding for these over 20 million oppressed people (LGBT’s 10% of the population) and urge Brazil to accomplish its inalienable commitment to human dignity applied to the totality of Brazilian people.

HELP, OAB!!!

Prof. Dr. Luiz Mott - Anthropologist, Historian, Researcher, Dean of the LGBT Movement of Brazil and founder of Gay Group of Bahia
Prof. Dr.Toni Reis - President of ABGLT (Brazilian Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), Councillor with the National LGBT Council
Prof. M.A. Luiz Roberto Warken - Consultant of Rainbow Institute, State of Santa Catarina, Southern Regional Director of ABRAGAY, Brazilian Association of Gays with the Social Movements Dpt.
Jovanna Baby -President of the National Articulation of Transvestites and Transgenders - ANTRA, Municipal Policy Director for Free Sexual Orientation (2010)
Rita Colaco - M.A. in Social Policy and Ph.D. in Social History UFF, blogger
Joao Silverio Trevisan - Writer, journalist, playwright, translator, filmmaker
Leo Mendes - Journalist and National Coordinator of ArtGay
Julian Rodrigues - National Coordinator of the LGBT Sector of PT (Workers' Party) until April 2012 and the Paulista LGBT Alliance
Yone Lindgren - Vice President of the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender; General Coordinator of D'Ellas Movement
Justo Favaretto - Businessman and director of United Homo and Front LGBTT NGOs- SP
Dimitri Sales - Lawyer, M.A. and D.A. in Constitutional Law from PUC SP, Member of Committee on Human Rights and Sexual Diversity and Combating Homophobia with OAB SP, Former Coordinator for Sexual Diversity Policies in the State of Sao Paulo.
Everton de Lima Oliveira - Activist, founder and responsible for the LGBT Brazil Group
Marcelo Cerqueira - Historian and President of Grupo Gay da Bahia / GGB
Carlos Tufvesson - Stylist and activist of civil and human rigths
Maria Berenice Dias - Lawyer, Retired Chief Judge, Vice President of the Brazilian Institute of Family Rights - IBDFAM, Chair of the Special Commission of Sexual Diversity of Order of Attorneys of Brazil Federal Council, Member of the Council of the Economic and Social Development of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Postgraduate and M.A. in Civil Procedure from PUC-RS
Eduardo Piza Mello - Attorney, Chairman of the Group of Lawyers for Sexual Diversity - GAdvs, Institute Edson Néris. - IEN
Oswaldo Braga, journalist and founder of Minas Gay Movement - MGM
Marco Trajano - President of Minas Gay Movement - MGM
Edith Modesto - Writer, University Professor and Researcher, M.A. and PhD in French Semiotics from USP, Therapist and founder of GPH - Brazilian Association of Mothers and Fathers of Homosexuals
Ivone Pita - Activist founder and co-responsible for the group "Everyone against homophobia, transphobia and lesbophobia"
Sergio Viula - Graduated in Theology from Bethel Theological Seminary in Rio and graduated in Philosophy from UERJ, President of the LGBT Council of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil (LiHS), author, blogger and teacher
Paulo Tavares Mariante - Lawyer and activist with IDENTITY - Group of Struggle for Sexual Diversity
Congressman Jean Wyllys - Professor and Journalist from Rio de Janeiro
Congressman Dr. Rosinha - Physician, founder and director of Municipal Union of Public Employees (Sismuc) and director of the Brazilian Center for Health Studies. Congressman of Paraná.
Marcos Fernandes - National Presidente of Diversidade Tucana - PSDB and Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of Finance
NOTE: The above list represents the mainstream of the Brazilian Homossexual Movement, which is therefore the largest and best representation of the BHM (in Portugese, MHB). Moreover, all the signatures have been confirmed, documented and archived, being available for consultation for the sake of transparency in the process.

The secretariat of the nonpartisan LGBT movement
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I lived half of my life in the USA and when I came back here I saw so many bad things happening to my people and they even don't know about it. Sense I am a stranger in my country, makes very difficult to start something with the help of others. Specially because here in Brazil they believe you must know someone to get some where and they don't believe a person can do good just because to do good is the right thing to do. So I started what I call the VOICELESS PROJECT. I will create my youtube account showing the things I am doing and the things I believe is wrong and solutions we could use to make things better for everyone.
Sad part is the GLBT community here in Brazil they don't know their own rights and most of them live in the shadows afraid of the worst. Those are out some end up doing drugs and prostitution cause they can't get education ( afraid of bullying ) or a job ( specially when the men are so feminine, or women so masculine). Those are transgender, few can get a job at some beauty shop and most end up doing prostitution. I was thinking of giving to them free english lessons, to help build up some confidence in themselves and show there is a huge world out there and they can dream about a better life. But it isn't easy, I am still by myself and all the people I tried to reach for help called me crazy for doing so ( including some people from the own gay community). But I know it happens cause they don't have role models to follow, and I can't be one yet. That's why I am trying to affiliate do organizations so I can make a network that will help me to get where I want to get to help those are in need. I am well spoken person, I can speak fluently in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Also I have very good knowledge about the bible and human rights to win a debate with respect and control of my emotions regardless how mean someone can talk to me.
So if you want to help me in my project, let me affiliate your your group so I can build up a strong network.
Here is my email
RonaldUSA@hotmail.com
I live in Brazil now for the past 8 months, but must of my life I lived in Boston USA.
Well thanks for your attention, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Ronald ;-)
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Sou o Rev.Cristiano Valério, tenho 34 anos de idade, Pastor da Igreja da Comunidade Metropolitana de São Paulo e Coordenador de Desenvolvimento das ICMs no Brasil atualmente, nove comunidades no Brasil, vivendo o desafio de ser um abrigo a Cristãos e Cristãs LGBTs. Este desafio tem sido muito enriquecedor nos pocibilitando a vivencia religiosa numa visão libertária e radicalmente inclusiva. Somos uma comunidade de pessoas que compartilham do desejo de viver a mensagem de Jesus de forma a incluir, e não excluir; curar, e não ferir; pacificar, e não guerrear; encorajar, e não desanimar; libertar, e não aprisionar; incentivar a liberdade e criatividade de pensamento. A Igreja da Comunidade Metropolitana é uma comunidade global que está derrubando muros e construindo esperança! Ao redor do mundo, a ICM molda a integração saudável da sexualidade e da espiritualidade para que gays, lésbicas, bissexuais, transsexuais, heterossexuais e questionadores possam viver com integridade como pessoas de fé.
Rev.Cristiano Valério
Igreja da Comunidade Metropolitana de São Paulo
Rua Sebastião Pereira, 231 Santa Cecilia - São Paulo - SP
Tel 55 (11) 2801 7574
55 (11) 2737 3998
Cel. 55 (11) 6391 3998
www.icmsp.org
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