A series of degrading events to the gay and black communities have been raising Brazilian people’s awareness on homophobia and hate crimes.
It is not that it didn’t exist before, but once gay people started becoming more visible in society, homophobia and all the related problems finally turned into a matter of discussion.
Two guys I know were recently attacked during a celebration on the University Campus. Although the aggression was not so physically damaging, its impact on the psyche of minorities is enormous. What’s most shocking is the fact that the attack took place inside the most liberal of all faculties, up until then a haven for individual freedom of expression.
People who’ve been fighting for years to feel comfortable being who they are and dating whoever they want began to feel threatened again. This is a major drawback.
However, in one way or another, the sectors of society who believe in equal human rights are fighting back.
I’m supporting an artistic initiative called Projeto #EuSouGay (IAmGay) which targets homophobia and intolerance through showing the world that we have a voice.
If you wish to participate in it, no matter your sexual orientation, you can send a picture of you holding a card with the inscription #EuSouGay to firstname.lastname@example.org. The pictures will ultimately be turned into a short film directed by award-winning director Daniel Ribeiro.
Let us all unite in fighting hatred and prejudice.