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Rousseff encourages use of hotline to report gay bashing

As the 18th LGBT Pride Parade took to the streets of São Paulo on Sunday, President Dilma Rousseff took to Twitter to encourage Brazilians to use the Disque 100 (Dial 100) hotline, a national service provided by the Human Rights Secretariat (SDH), to file gay bashing reports.

Introduced last June, the National Framework to Promote Rights and Combat Violence against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders relies on support centers that provide psychological support, legal counseling, and other services, in addition to committees against discrimination and violence that engage several social agents.

In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, the SDH received 3,084 reports of violence against homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people, and over 9,900 reports of rights violations targeting LGBT people involving around 4,800 victims and 4,700 perpetrators — an increase in the number of reports as well as the number of violations. The SDH also noted a change in the profile of those reporting violations: a large majority of reports were made by the victim themselves in previous years, but in 2012 47.3% of cases were reported by witnesses.

Out of the 3,084 acts of violence incidents reported in 2012, 71.3% targeted male-born persons, while 20.1% targeted female-borns; 60.4% were committed against gays, 37.5% against lesbians, 1.4% against cross-dressers, and 0.49% against transsexuals.

To which these proud São Paulo queens respond: gay-bash this!

Rousseff encourages use of hotline to report gay bashing

Rousseff encourages use of hotline to report gay bashing Rousseff encourages use of hotline to report gay bashing

With reporting by ABr

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Sergio Barreto

Brazilian-American editor, web developer and (occasional) event promoter. As founder and content director for this site, I keep an eye on what's wrong with Brazil, but what really makes my heart beat faster is sharing the exciting things happening in Brazilian tech, music, film, and other creative industries.

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