Sunday 16 June 2019

Court votes to protect LGBT community after rise in attacks

 

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Marina Lopes

Brazil's highest court has taken a decisive step towards protecting LGBT+ people from discrimination, amid a spike in reported attacks since the right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro began his campaign last year.

A majority of the 11-member Supreme Federal Court voted to find it unconstitutional to exclude sexual orientation and gender from Brazil's anti-discrimination law. After the sixth member voted in favour of the ruling, securing the majority, the court suspended the hearing until June 5.

The remaining members are expected to vote then, and the ruling would be issued.

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