Surge in LGBTI+ Violence in Brazil Ahead of Major Pride Parade

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Surge in LGBTI+ Violence in Brazil Ahead of Major Pride Parade

Alarming Statistics Highlight Growing Danger

São Paulo, Brazil – In a troubling revelation, the Observatory of LGBTI+ Deaths and Violence has reported that 230 LGBTI+ individuals were violently killed in Brazil during 2023. This translates to a staggering rate of one death every 38 hours.

Comparing Yearly Data

The figures represent a slight decrease from 2022, which saw 273 violent deaths, marking a 15.75% reduction. Nevertheless, the Observatory suspects that the actual number of victims could be significantly higher due to underreporting.

Underreporting and Media Challenges

The accuracy of these statistics is questionable, as the recognition of victims’ gender identity and sexual orientation heavily relies on media reports. “Because the recognition of gender identity and sexual orientation of the victims depends on the media reporting the deaths, many cases of violence against LGBTI+ people may be omitted and/or distorted,” stated the Observatory. This issue is particularly pronounced in smaller towns without local media coverage, making it difficult to collect comprehensive data.

Targeted Violence Against Transgender Women

The report highlights that transgender women are disproportionately affected by this violence. Out of the 230 victims in 2023, 142 were transgender women. Other victims included 59 gay men, 13 transgender men, seven lesbians, eight from other segments, and one non-binary person. Most victims (120) were between the ages of 20 and 39.

Regional Breakdown of Murders

São Paulo recorded the highest number of murders, with 27 cases. Ceará and Rio de Janeiro each reported 24 violent deaths.

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Rising Violence in Early 2024

Preliminary data from January and February 2024 indicate a continued rise in violence against LGBTI+ individuals, with 61 violent deaths reported in just two months. If this trend continues, 2024 could surpass the 316 deaths recorded in 2021.

Upcoming LGBT Pride Parade in São Paulo

Amidst this backdrop of escalating violence, São Paulo is preparing for its annual LGBT Pride Parade, one of the world’s largest pro-LGBT events. Scheduled to take place in two weeks, this year’s parade will focus on the theme: “Enough Negligence and Legislative Regression!” highlighting the ongoing struggle for rights and protection for the LGBTI+ community.

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