In the last elections, Brazil elected Jair Bolsonaro, a president explicitly against LGBTQI + people. In 2011, in an interview with Playboy magazine, when Bolsonaro was a deputy, he stated that “I would be unable to love a homosexual son. I’m not going to be a hypocrite here: I’d rather have a son of mine die in an accident than show up with a mustache around. ”
In 2002, when he was interviewed by Folha de S. Paulo, Bolsonaro said: “I will not fight or discriminate, but if I see two men kissing on the street, I will beat”. Still in an interview made by actress Ellen Page for VICE Brasil Bolsonaro, imitate a prejudiced statement in the other, even going so far as to say that Page does not look like a lesbian, that if he saw her on the street, he would even whistle for her.
Page’s interview is part of a documentary series called Gaycation, a VICE production broadcast by National Geographic, which explores LGBTI + culture in different parts of the world.
After the campaign that led to his election and the first months of his term, violence against this community in the country grew. The current president’s statements served to encourage prejudiced speech against minorities, as well as a wave of violence.
Recently, a survey by the Gender and Number Organization presented data that show that the feeling that violence against LGBTs had increased since the second half of 2018 – after the elections. 51% of the people interviewed suffered at least one aggression and 87% report having learned of violence committed against an LGBT + acquaintance or close person LGBT +. Lesbian women, according to the survey, were one of the groups that most reported having suffered violence (57%).
What was seen on the streets was also seen on social networks and the various digital channels. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become discursive battle zones. Profiles in the meeting apps like Tinder, Happn, HER and WAPA also showed political positions that were contrary to and also favorable to the then right-wing candidate.
The dating app Grindr, focused on the gay public even published an alert that asked users to be aware when using the app, as they could be victims of the wave of violence that was taking over the country. In addition, the application gave safety recommendations such as not publishing face photos, but images that were related to users’ hobbies and personality; just make appointments with people you have a connection with, even if not direct (friends of friends, for example), among other orientations.