Sau Paulo City Council Passes Heterosexual Pride Law
Sau Paulo, Brazil ~ (Huffington Post) ~ In Sau Paulo, much as in many other countries, the Gay Community gathers for its’ pride parade in June. Pride parades are popular for many groups including the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City and Boston, or Mardi Gras in New Orleans for Catholics and, well, drunk people. Sau Paulo has recently mandated a new addition to the list of parades world wide, a heterosexual pride parade.
The largest South American city recently passed into law a mandate that requires a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December. However, the Mayor of Sau Paulo still has to sign the bill for it to become law.
The author of the legislation, Carlos Apolinario, stated that the idea of a Heterosexual Pride Day is “not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys.”
According to a current report, apparently those privileges including being murdered. The murder rate of Brazilian gays has rocketed up 113 percent in five years, totaling 260 people this year alone.
Apolinario stated, “I respect gays and I am against any kind of aggression made against them.” He added, “I have no trouble coexisting with gays as long as their behavior is normal.”
The Brazilian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association fired back against Apolonario and his legislation stating, “The celebration of heterosexual pride is inappropriate because it belittle the just cause of the LGBT community.” The statement continues, “Unlike homosexuals, heterosexuals are not discriminated against simply for being heterosexuals.”
Given the alarmingly high murder rate of Brazilian gays, it seems that the Brazilian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association is undeniably correct.
Photo Credit: Carlosapolinario.com.br