Brazil enters new dark age for queer people & other minorities

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Brazil’s new fascist president, Jair Bolsonaro, wasted no time to crack down on minorities and signed executive orders targeting the queer community literally as fast as he possibly could. The ‘proud homophobe’ used his first day in office to sign the orders. They will affect queer people, indigenous groups and descendants of slaves.

Just hours after his inauguration Bolsonaro removed LGBTI issues from consideration at the new human rights ministry. He did not name another agency tasked to handle queer issues. The new human rights minister and former evangelical pastor, Damares Alves, has previously said ‘the Brazilian family is being threatened’ by inclusive policies.

“The state is lay, but this minister is terribly Christian,” she said in her first address as minister. “Girls will be princesses and boys will be princes. There will be no more ideological indoctrination of children and teenagers in Brazil.”

Bolsonaro’s actions against the queer community and other minorities come as no surprise. He has previously said he would rather have dead son than a gay son. He also said parents should beat their children back to being “normal” if they suspected them of being gay.

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Good Manners

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There is the family you are born into, and the family you make; lovers who stay with you a long time, and ones whose time with you is brief, but make a lasting impact. What then is the nature of love and devotion? Can we love both the person and the monster inside? In  Good Manners, a magic-realist fairy tale, love and devotion, class division, and the monster inside us all are deftly explored.

Clara  is a lonely nurse living in poor conditions who takes a job as a nanny and housekeeper to the equally lonely Ana , a wealthy white woman soon expecting her first child. Clara moves in, and the two women quickly form a strange but powerful bond that moves beyond friendship. As Clara learns the truth behind Ana’s unexpected pregnancy, she finds she must take on a far greater burden than she had originally intended, with devastating consequences.

The film begins as almost an erotic love story and particular view of class struggle: Clara, a black woman, is looked down on by her counterparts, even though she is a native Brazilian; her taciturn nature and verbal economy make her a mystery, perhaps even to herself; in contrast, Ana is little but verbose, constantly moving whether in exercise and dance, to the point of sleepwalking. Ana’s home, and her view of the city, is given as a kind of fairy tale, one that should be filled with the handsome prince and the princess (Ana in the tower); but this princess has been deserted by her family and left to her fate, and it is Clara instead who must come to her rescue.

After a fast labour and childbirth that ends in Ana’s dramatic and bloody death, and birth to a child that is more than just a baby, Clara must again come to the rescue. She takes the infant, whom she names Joel away, from the fairy-tale city of pink skyscrapers and cold, emotionless surroundings, to the poor streets of her home. Clara might be poor, but her home and heart are filled with love that she focuses on Joel, and the importance of raising a good son. A few people bat their eyes at the black mother and her white son; but despite their working class conditions, Joel grows up healthy and happy. Well, somewhat healthy; his strange persona requires Clara’s constant protection, and attempts to stop his more dangerous, innate nature that she hopes he will never become aware of.

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Two Gay Boys, a Cake & many “concerned” Social Media Users

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A video of a 12-year-old birthday boy kissing his 14-year-old boyfriend during his birthday celebration has gone viral throughout Brazilian social media with discussions alternately celebrating the young person’s love and happiness and criticising him for being too young to have a boyfriend or identify as gay.

The video (which was reportedly posted on social by the 12-year-old boy himself) shows the younger boy being hugged from behind by his taller boyfriend as his friends sing the “Happy Birthday” song to him. The boys briefly poke at the yellow icing of the cake, upon which is a picture of drag queen Pabllo Vittar, a popular Brazilian singer and drag performer. The entire party, in fact, seems to have a Pabllo Vittar theme with images of the entertainer decorating the walls.

After they finish singing the birthday song, the boy’s friends follow with a naughty parody of a popular birthday song called “Parabéns da Xuxa” (“Congrats to Xuxa”). They sing “é big, é big…” followed by “é rola, é rola…” and then “rá ti bum!” However, they change the words slightly so that they’re saying, “It’s cock, it’s cock…” and then “it’s dick, it’s dick…” and then “in your ass!”

This might seem weird or alarming to non-Brazilian viewers, but it’s basically a bunch of kids making an adult joke. They’re not singing about penises and anal sex because the kids are gay necessarily, they’re singing a birthday song that’s sung at countless birthdays across the country, and they’re repeating a dirty gay sex version of the lyrics adults often use as a joke. In the video, the young gay boys even happily join in the singing, showing that it’s just playful, naughty fun.

The social media users are somewhat shocked to see someone so young expressing his same-sex attraction so openly, and for those who are not used to seeing it, it’s understandable. But it’s also kind of wonderful to see a young gay person dating another boy, celebrating in a room full of loving friends because it’s not something we get to see very often in media or real life.