Gay congressman flees Brazil, citing death threats

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01/24/2019

A prominent gay congressman in Brazil announced on Thursday that he was leaving his job and fleeing the country because of increased death threats made against him. Jean Wyllys, the country’s first openly gay congressman, told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that he had left Brazil and was going to work in academia, with no plans to return home. “Preserving a life under threat is also a strategy to fight for better days,” Wyllys wrote on Twitter with a link to the article. “We have done much for the common good. And we will do much more when the new era arrives, and it doesn’t matter that we do it by other means! Thank you to all of you with all my heart.”

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