Following news of the June 13 ruling by Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the nation’s anti-discrimination law, the Associated Press published a piece looking at the history of LGBT rights in Brazil, speaking with Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor of Political Science.
While President, Jair Bolsonaro has openly expressed his disdain for same-sex couples, and studies indicate Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be transgender. Still, Corrales said the ruling has important implications.
“It conveys to all actors the importance of respecting sexual and gender diversity,” he said. “Brazil is not the first. But it is not late.”
UPDATE: For a recent piece in Today Colombia, the article’s author cited a 2015 study that Corrales prepared for the LGBT Representation and Rights Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in which he noted that in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, LGBT legislation is more progressive than in some of the most developed countries in the world, because of higher income and better education, as well as pro-rights movements.