The city council of Sao Paulo, Brazil has approved a bill establishing a ‘Straight Pride Day’ after evangelical leaders pushed the measure when they were unable to get ride of the city’s gay pride event.
Carlos Apolinário, the representative who championed the idea, had previously tried to get Sao Paulo’s gay pride parade removed from the city’s well-known Paulista Avenue.
Apolinário said the bill was not against the gay community, but that the project was a way to speak out against “excesses and privileges” for the gay community.
Brazil’s LGBT community have long complained about ongoing homophobia in the country. There have been a number of homophobic attacks in Sao Paulo and a conservative politician, Jair Bolsonaro, said last April that if he had a gay son, he would beat him up until he started to behave “like a man”.
There was a breakout of violence across the city in response to the comments.
Several councilors spoke out against the ‘Straight Pride Day’ Bill, despite its passage, and the final approval of the measure will rely on the sanction of Sao Paulo mayor, Gilberto Kassab.
‘Straight Pride Day’ will be celebrated every third Sunday of December, if it gets final approval.
In May, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples deserved the same rights and entitlements as married heterosexual couples and found that language in the Constitution and Civil Code discussing marriage as being between “a man and a woman” did not constitute a ban on same-sex marriage.