Gay Lawmaker Who Fled Brazil Amid Death Threats: Bolsonaro ‘turned me into a pariah

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03/20/2019

Brazil’s first openly gay lawmaker, Jean Wyllys, who fled his country over mounting death threats after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, fears he won’t be returning home anytime soon. In an interview with AFP in Paris, the 45-year-old politician and LGBT activist, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Europe since January, accused Bolsonaro of turning him “into a pariah in my own country.” In recent months, he said: “I received death threats by telephone, on social media and on email. People also started threatening me on the street.”

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