Brazil’s Homophobic President Cancels New York Trip Due To Protests

(Photo: Jair Bolsonaro)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has scrapped plans to attend a New York City gala in his honor later this month amid backlash from activists, politicians, and companies, reports BuzzfeedNews.

The far-right leader — known internationally for his anti-gay comments, history of misogyny, and opposition to environmental protections for the Amazon rainforest — was set to receive a person of the year award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce on May 14.

The president’s spokesman, General Otávio Rêgo Barrostold media the trip had been scrapped due to “the resistance and deliberate attacks by the mayor of New York and the pressure of interest groups” on event organizers.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had called Bolsonaro “dangerous” and said his “overt racism, homophobia and destructive decisions will have a devastating impact on the future of our planet.”