Posts tagged Brazil
Guest Post by Oscar S.
Last Sunday we lost another friend. Caio Lhennysson da Silva, 18, was found dead on a farm. He was half-naked; his mouth was full of sand and his body was showing signs of strangulation. He didn’t do anything to deserve that. He wasn’t involved with any criminal activity. He was a happy, beautiful teenager. What made him different from many people is that he was openly gay and androgynous.
He was loved by many people, but died without mercy. Every year, here in Brazil, more than 250 people die on gay-hate related crimes. I must say… I am afraid. I am afraid someone I know will be the next – Caio was a good friend of a friend of mine. I am afraid next time it could be a friend of mine, my best friend, maybe the boy I like, or even me. Today I am mourning over a stranger’s death. I mourn 250 times a year. It is ironic that the word “gay” also means happy…
On the other hand, there is some happy news. Finally homosexual civil unions are recognized here in Brazil. Now we have a lot of rights that make us a bit more equal to straight couples. There is still a lot to fight to, but it was a small victory among all our problems.
Fellow milkboy Declan asks on the milkboard: “This is a print ad for Cachaça Magnifica, a Brazilian alcoholic drink. Do you think it’s homophobic?” What’s your stand on this? Funny or tasteless?
- Federal inquiry into American gay teenager’s suicide started
- Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships
- Police raid gay party in India because of, “terrorism fears”
- LGBT group in north-west Turkey shut down by court
- U.S. politician says HIV funding should be cut for ‘perverted’ people
- Canadian province still lists homosexuality as a mental illness
- Brazilian brothers bury father alive for beating them for being gay
- Republicans in U.S. state stop poor kids from going to good schools
- Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal find
- U.S. Tea Parties want to clean textbooks of mean things about Founding Fathers
- Afghan Taliban ready to drop their ban on schooling girls
- Sex education in Europe an ‘attack’ on religious freedom, says pope
- Visa, Mastercard, PayPal: No donations for WikiLeaks but for illegal Israeli settlements
Before we dig into the last Periodical Political Post of the year I’d like to note something about the comments regarding the article about cross dressing in Qatar. I guess it was inevitable that some would use the chance to bash Islam over it but as much as I despise all the big religions and would love to see a world free of them I’d like you to read this: 5 ridiculous things you probably believe about Islam. So, to quote this very article: “All right. Now we look forward to a completely civil and logical group of article comments.”
- Czech Republic stops measuring how hard gay refugees get by watching porn
- Hungary bans abortion and gay marriage in its new constitution
- Brazilian government says gay couples are entitled to pension benefits
- Gays have no right to children, says politician of Germany’s ruling party
- Italy’s PM & top criminal Silvio Berlusconi loves prostitutes but hates Lesbians
- Smithsonian museum under fire for gay portraiture exhibit
- UK police is considering ban of political protests in London
- FBI plants spy to incite terrorism in mosque, Muslims report him to FBI
- French government can censor the internet thanks to new law
- How the U.S. are spending billions of dollars to spy on their citizen
- Church youth group leader raped boy because the bible said it’s ok
- Priest tried paying $5000 to kill the teenage boy he raped at gunpoint
- U.S. airport security terrorises disabled 4 year-old with leg braces
- U.S. actor placed on terror list for opposing oil drilling method
- British police tries to scare kids to prevent them from protesting
- Court blocks U.S. govt. attempt to spy on cell phones without a warrant
- Violent clashes erupt in Italy after Berlusconi survives no-confidence vote
- U.S. Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order
- Black teen who filmed campus cop hitting a student faces years in prison
- Cop put 14 year-old boy in choke hold for blowing him a kiss
- Surprise, surprise: Fox News viewers are the most misinformed
- WikiLeaks cables: India accused of systematic use of torture in Kashmir
- U.S. cooperated with China against Europe to sink Copenhagen climate summit
- WikiLeaks cables reveal that the U.S. wrote Spain’s proposed copyright law
- Vatican was offended that Ireland was investigating sex abuse by clergy
- WikiLeaks reveals U.S. tax dollars fund child sex slavery in Afghanistan
- Iceland considers banning Mastercard & Visa over their WikiLeaks ban
- Report about the inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention
- UK, not Sweden, behind efforts to keep Assange in jail according to report
- U.N. drops protection for gays and lesbians in anti-execution measure
- British poll finds gay people are coming out at a younger age
- Teen in Texas beaten to death, body burned in possible anti-gay hate crime
- 2 soldiers held in connection to shooting of gay teen after Rio’s pride parade
- Australia divided as support for gay marriage varies wildly
- World Bank gives money to organisation that claims to “heal” gays
- Mexico votes in favour of medical and social benefits for same-sex couples
- Australian lesbian couple changes school after getting banned from school ball
- Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays
- US Senate passes bill that could be used to censor the internet (details)
- FBI pressuring Google, Facebook to allow back doors for wiretapping
- British government wants to legalize racial profiling for warrantless searches
- God will save us from climate change… says US Representative
- New Zealand file-sharing proposal: guilty until proven innocent
- Austrian Handball coach sentenced over relationship with teen boy
- Sane judge frees 16 year-old girl in ‘truth or dare’ underage sex case
Guest Post by Oscar S.
São Paulo, Brazil. A few days ago two boys who met online, one 13, the other 18, skipped school to go to the movies. It was a date. Watching the film they cuddled, shared their popcorn and a cup of coke. After the movie, they sat in the cinema café. They hugged and eventually they kissed.
Then hell broke lose, changing their lives forever.
The lady at the popcorn machine was shocked. She called the manager. He called the mall security. They called the police. What happened then can only be described as one of the most bizarre convictions on sex assault ever. The older boy was ARRESTED for alleged RAPE.. He was sent to a cell with very real criminals. Not people who gave an innocent kiss, but robbers, murderers and the like. Jails here in Brazil are not like the prisons in the USA or Europe. They are overcrowded, dirty and dangerous.
Law in Brazil is pretty clear – if someone gets into a libidinous act with someone who is under the age of 14, it is RAPE. Works pretty well to put real paedophiles into jail. But when a kiss becomes rape there is a misinterpretation of the law. And there is something else: Images of the older boy showed that he didn’t even look like 18. This was a pure act of homophobia. If they would have been a straight couple–nothing would have happened. If it was a 13 year old boy issuing an 18 year old girl he would get a high-five.
The boy was released Saturday night. His name on the news is now reduced to his first letter (it wasn’t before). He might face 14 years jail for rape. Hopefully he will be free, but he is probably traumatized for life. He is making a university prep course with 140 students on his class. He will now have to face his family, colleagues, school mates and people in his neighbourhood. He will have to face homophobes. The same applies to the younger boy. And everyone knows what happened. And all this because two boys sneaked out of school for a movie, some popcorn and a kiss. Two boys are marked for life.
- 3 million celebrate world’s biggest Gay Pride in Sao Paulo
- Sweden is named Europe’s most gay-friendly country
- Shortest & first successful Gay Pride held in Moscow
- Lesbians are first gay couple getting married in Portugal
- Gay couple jailed in Malawi after getting engaged pardoned
- Kids of lesbians have fewer behavioural problems, study suggests
- Chinese elementary school tries to toughen up ‘sissy’ boys
- British pre-teens convicted for “rape” & labelled sex offenders
- Autistic US boy charged as terrorist for drawing stick-figure
- Boy picked up by police for not wearing bike helmet, held for 2 years
- US conducted illegal torture research on detainees
- How to vote in the Russian parliament (role model USA?)
- CIA wanted to create a Saddam Teen Sex Tape
In 2003 when the Iraqi invasion was being planned, the CIA came up with the plan to produce a video showing Saddam Hussein having sex with a teenage boy. “It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” said a former CIA official. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.” Hussein wasn’t the only one who was going get tagged as a paedophile. Apparently a tape was made of Osama bin Laden, played by one of the agency’s “darker-skinned” employee, sitting around a campfire talking about all of the boys he slept with.
Both plans eventually went nowhere. Mainly because they might have turned the stomachs of our blue haired ladies, but would have fallen flat overseas. A former agency official with experience in the Middle East commented:
“Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East — nobody cares. Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.”