Violent deaths of LGBT people in Brazil have reached an all-time high, according to the country’s oldest LGBT watchdog. According to a report by LGBT rights group Grupo Gay de Bahia, there were 387 murders and 58 suicides of LGBT people in 2017. This is a 30 percent increase from the reported 327 deaths in 2016. Brazil has a high homicide rate, however the watchdog has said that it has only included deaths that were directly caused by homophobic or transphobic violence. Luiz Mott, the president of Grupo Gay de Bahia said that the rising levels of violence were partially caused by the growth and publicity of ultra-conservative politicians.
January 22 / Pink News