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Põe Na Roda, one of my favorite YouTube channels in Brazil promoting LGBT rights, launched video this week in favor of the passing of the law which would criminalize homophobia in Brazil entitled “What If It Had Happened To You?”, and I thought it would be appropriate to share it today. The law mentioned above has stalled in Congress during President Dilma Roussef’s term due to pressure from extreme religious groups, and as a result homophobia is not considered a hate crime in the Brazilian Penal Code, and crimes based on sexual orientation and sexual identity are not treated as such.
Homophobic attacks have become common headlines on Brazilian newspapers and websites, and only two days ago the body of an 18-year-old openly gay student was found in a vacant lot in Inhumas, Goiás. João Antônio Donati, the victim, was found by the police with bruises on his face and was asphyxiated to death with paper and plastic bags in his mouth. The police is still investigating the murder, and has not reported on suspects. A public act in memory of the victim and in favor of the law for the criminalization of homophobia will be held tomorrow in São Paulo at Largo do Arouche starting at 6 pm (more information on Facebook).
How many more people will have to be beaten or asphyxiated to death for the laws in Brazil to change? It is revolting to think that the Brazilian government seems to be getting more and more influenced by religious groups, and that the leading presidential candidates fail to properly address the issue.
UPDATE: a 20-year-old man was arrested as a prime suspect of the murder. The man in question confessed the crime, and claimed to have had sex with the victim but denied being gay or personally knowing João Antônio Donati. He also confirmed that he had sexual relations with other men in the past. According to prime news website G1, the police has ruled out the murder as result of homophobia, allegedly claiming it was a result of a misunderstanding between the victim and the arrested suspect.
Sep 12, 2014 /
Heading the pack of new Brazilian girls is Waleska Gorczevski, the Brazilian who booked the most shows in New York this past week (a total of twenty in case you are wondering), seen here at Narciso Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, and Calvin Klein.
Mariana Santana, who has been booking all the right shows since she took two turns on the Prada runway a year ago, at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Michael Kors.
Dani Witt, Marc By Marc Jacobs’ opener last season, now with red hair at Jason Wu, MBMJ, and Oscar de la Renta.
Amanda Wellsh, the new Brazilian girl with the most editorial work this season, at Public School, DVF, and Oscar de la Renta. A year ago she opened and closed the Gucci show as an exclusive in Milan.
And from the generation of girls that preceded the one one above: Caroline Trentini at Michael Kors (she also made an appearance at Marc Jacobs yesterday), Isabeli Fontana at DVF, and Adriana Lima at Marc Jacobs.