The world’s biggest gay pride parade kicks off in Sao Paulo this week for its usual five days of floats, partying and colorful clothing. But this year, its participants are facing a spate of homophobia from politicians.
Evangelical leaders have suggested the country celebrate a “Heterosexual Pride” day, or “Orgulho Hetero” in Portuguese, by putting the idea up for a vote in the City Council. Carlos Apolinário, the representative spearheading the idea, has previously tried to get the gay pride parade off of Sao Paulo’s well-known Paulista Avenue. If passed, Orgulho Hetero would be celebrated every third Sunday of December.
Brazil’s LGBT community says Orgulho Hetero is just another example of the ongoing homophobia problem in the country. Late last year, the gay community was victim to homophobic attacks on Paulista Avenue. In April, conservative representative Jair Bolsonaro said that if he had a gay son, he would beat him up until he started to behave “like a man.” His comments caused clashes to break out across the city.
Brazilians argued passionately over the Heterosexual Pride day on Twitter Wednesday, using the phrase Orgulho Hetero.
A medical student tweeted that the Sao Paulo Chamber wanted to create the day of straight pride for lack of serious issues to resolve:
A person who identified himself as a Protestant tweeted that he was proud to be 100% straight and “living according to God’s purpose”:
Câmara tenta aprovar Dia do Orgulho Hetero. Aí sim!!! Orgulho Hetero SEMPRE. 100% HETERO. Vivendo de acordo com o propósito de Deus.
A Brazilian musician tweeted that a Straight Pride day is as aggressive as White Pride day. “It has a historical context of prejudice involved. Don’t be so shallow. Think!”
Orgulho hetero é tão agressivo quanto orgulho branco. Tem um contexto histórico de preconceito envolvido. Não sejam tão rasos. Pensem!