Brazil’s only openly LGBT+ congressman flees country after death threats

Jean Wyllys, Brazil’s first and only openly LGBT+ congressmanm has left the country without intention to return after receiving an influx of death threats in the lead-up and wake of Brazil’s presidential elections.

Newly elected President Jair Balsonaro’s strongly anti-LGBT+ views made LGBT+ rights a key election topic, and are widely considered to have catalyzed a spike in anti-LGBT+ violence. Wyllys was a close friend of openly LGBT+ Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco, who was murdered along with her driver in March. Wyllys’s departure is likely to add to already high anxiety in the Brazilian LGBT+ community in the wake of Bolsonaro’s election.

Read more at The Guardian.


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