Brazil’s President To Gays: DON’T Come To Our Country. We Have Families!

(Brasília – DF, 24/04/2019) Pronunciamento do Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro. Foto: Isac Nóbrega/PR

(Photo: Jair Bolsonaro)

Brazil’s far-right president, the self-declared homophobe Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of inciting hatred towards LGBT people after declaring the South American country should not become a “gay tourism paradise,” reports The Guardian.

“If you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go for your life,” Bolsonaro reportedly told journalists in the capital, Brasília. “But we can’t let this place become known as a gay tourism paradise. Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families,” Bolsonaro added, according to the Brazilian magazine Exame.

The comments – made during a breakfast meeting with Brazilian reporters – sparked an immediate reaction from LGBT campaigners, reports The Guardian.

“This is not a head of state – this is a national disgrace,” said David Miranda, a congressman and LGBT activist. Miranda said the president’s remarks simultaneously endangered members of Brazil’s LGBT community by “putting a target on their backs” and promoted the sexual exploitation of Brazilian women.