Escalating Intolerance : Sharp Increase in Violence Against LGBT Community in Brazil

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Violence Against LGBT Community in Brazil

Rising Homophobia and Transphobia

Recent data indicates a concerning rise in violence against the LGBT community in Brazil. Reports reveal that every hour, an individual who identifies as homosexual, bisexual, transvestite, or transsexual experiences some form of violence. The alarming statistics, sourced from the Dial 100 service under the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, show a stark increase in homophobic and transphobic attacks.

Alarming Statistics

From January to October 2014, over 6,500 incidents of homophobic violence were recorded, a significant leap from the 1,159 cases reported in 2011. This represents an increase of more than 460% in just three years. Notably, young individuals make up 33% of the victims, with homosexual men being the most targeted subgroup, constituting three-quarters of these attacks. Furthermore, 26% of these violent incidents occur in major cities, highlighting an urban concentration of such attacks.

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