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.”