Sao Paulo Could Have Straight Pride March


SAO PAULO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The council in Brazil’s largest city has approved a move to designate the third Sunday in December as Heterosexual Pride Day.

Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab has not said whether he will sign the ordinance, the Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday.

Carlos Apolinario, a member of the conservative Democrats Party, said morality in Brazil is declining. His ordinance was supported by the Protestant church lobby.

“The creation of Heterosexual Day does not symbolize a struggle against gays but against what I believe are excesses and privileges,” he said.

Large cities in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, have vigorous gay communities and large gay pride parades. But Gay Group of Bahia, the country’s oldest gay rights organization, says violence against homosexuals is increasing, with one person killed every 36 hours.

A man who hugged his teenage son was permanently injured when bystanders thought he was gay.

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