Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has angered the gay community in his country by stating to international tourists that “if you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go ahead. But we cannot let this country become known as a paradise for gay tourism. Brazil cannot become a country for the gay world. We have families here.”
The comments led to great anger in the LGBT community. “This is not a head of state, this is a national disgrace,” said left-wing Member of Parliament and gay rights advocate David Miranda.
According to him, Bolsonaro is endangering members of the Brazilian LGBT community “by sticking a target on their backs.” In addition, the president promotes sex tourism aimed at women, Miranda believes. “He is a disgrace to the image of our country in every way you can imagine,” he said.
The Brazilian president, a former army captain who won the election by landslide in October last year and took office on January 1, has never made a secret of his aversion to gays.
In 2013, he said in an interview with British actor Stephen Fry that “homosexual fundamentalists” brainwash heterosexual children “to make them homosexual and lesbian to have them sexually satisfied in the future. In earlier interviews, Bolsonaro already said that he “would rather have a dead son than one who is gay” and “yes, I am homophobe and I am proud of that.”