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  • Berkeley's Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil's culture wars

    Berkeley’s Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil’s culture wars

    Judith Butler, the University of California at Berkeley professor, philosopher and gender theory trailblazer, is in São Paulo for “Os Fins da Democracia” (“The Ends of Democracy”), a joint UC Berkeley/University of São Paulo conference focused on the challenges the rise of populist movements pose for liberal democracy and its institutions. So it’s fitting and not […]

  • "Homophobia is Outdated' exhibit at São Paulo's Sexual Diversity Museum

    ‘Homophobia is Outdated’ at São Paulo’s Sexual Diversity Museum

    São Paulo’s Sexual Diversity Museum (Museu da Diversidade Sexual) is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, supported by the state Secretary of Culture’s Gender and Ethnicity Initiative. To celebrate its third anniversary, the museum is hosting until June 28 the exhibit “Homophobia is Outdated” (“Homofobia Fora de Moda”). Artists across the country […]

  • The Boy and the Wind o Menino e o Vento a Lost Brazilian LGBT film classic

    'The Boy and the Wind': A (nearly) lost Brazilian LGBT classic

    As one of the earliest Brazilian movies to address homosexuality, O Menino e o Vento (The Boy and the Wind) played it relatively safe, tackling its subject obliquely through the prism of magical realism. Never released internationally and hard to find in Brazil, this 1967 gem begs to be (re)discovered. José Roberto Nery (Ênio Gonçalves), […]

  • Heterosexual Pride Day is not a joke - or is it?

    Heterosexual Pride Day is not a joke – or is it?

    Brazilian Federal Deputy Eduardo Cunha introduced in 2010 a bill aiming to institute a national Heterosexual Pride Day (Dia do Orgulho Heterossexual) — and no, it’s not a joke. Cunha is part of the National Congress of Brazil’s growing evangelical block, and he’s also the author of a bill that would punish doctors who perform abortions […]

  • #NossaFamiliaExiste supports Brazil's LGBT families - with an X-mas touch

    #NossaFamiliaExiste supports Brazil’s LGBT families – with an Xmas touch

    A social media campaign launched this week calls on Brazilian LGBT families to share Christmas-themed photos with the hashtag #NossaFamiliaExiste (“our family exists”). The call, coming from an organization dubbed the National campaign of Support for Egalitarian Civil Marriage in Brazil, is in response to the so-called Family Statute — a bill that’s advancing in […]

  • Brazil picks gay youth film The Way He Looks for Oscar race

    Brazil picks gay youth film ‘The Way He Looks’ for Oscar race

    Daniel Ribeiro’s feature-length debut, The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho), was selected by Brazil’s Ministry of Culture as the country’s submission for the best foreign-language film category at the 2015 Oscars, Minister Marta Suplicy announced on Thursday. The film was chosen over 17 other national features by a committee comprised of five industry pros, including director […]

  • 18 photos of Brasília's LGBT Pride parade (NSFW)

    18 photos of Brasília’s LGBT Pride parade (NSFW)

    Brazil’s capital wasn’t just about patriotism this weekend. Brasília’s 17th LGBT Pride Parade drew about 25,000 revelers and activists on Sunday, and with the country gearing up for congressional and presidential elections less than a month from now, organizers tried to use the event as a pulpit to encourage the LGBT community to “vote consciously” and elect […]

  • Rousseff encourages use of hotline to report gay bashing

    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. No ano passado, a @DHumanosBrasil lançou o Sistema Nacional LGBT, que articula politicas […]


    Thousands flock to São Paulo LGBT Parade

    São Paulo’s main thoroughfare, Avenida Paulista, welcomed thousands of revelers celebrating sexual and gender diversity on Sunday. Now in its 18th year, the city’s LGBT Pride Parade, one of the world’s largest events of its kind, is traditionally held in June but was moved up due to the 2014 World Cup. Photos cc by ONU Brasil via […]

  • CSS at Lincoln Hall, complete with gay marriage proposal

    Watch: CSS in Chicago, complete with gay marriage proposal

    Speaking of Pride: Brazilian indie band Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS), which is touring the U.S. to promote their fourth studio album, Planta, performed at Lincoln Hall the night before the parade. The band has always been gay-friendly; they had two rainbow flags onstage, and at one point, CSS guitarist Luiza Sá asked the audience […]