LGBT Brazilians’ Mental Health Plummets With Anti-Gay President

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03/13/2019

When the proudly homophobic President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January, LGBT community members were worried their rights would be taken away. Two months later, watchdog groups are saying suicide among LGBT people has skyrocketed as a result. There are no official figures, according to Grupo Gay da Bahia, the Brazilian watchdog group, but after scanning social media and obituaries, the death rate by suicide is much more prominent. LGBT Brazilians confirm it got much harder after Bolsonaro was elected. “There’s a lot of suicidal thinking,” said Pedro Paulo Bicalho, an adviser at Brazil’s Federal Council for Psychology (CFP),

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