2017 broke all the records of LGBT murders in Brazil

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According to a report by LGBT rights group Grupo Gay de Bahia, there were 387 murders and 58 suicides of LGBT people in 2017 which is more than ever before in the country’s history. This is a 30 percent increase from the reported 327 deaths in 2016. Brazil has a high homicide rate, however the watchdog has said that it has only included deaths that were directly caused by hate crime attacks in the country against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Luiz Mott, the president of Grupo Gay de Bahia said that the rising levels of violence were partially caused by the growth of conservative views in politics. Another cause of the violence against LGBT people are Brazilian television programs about homosexuality as a bad and sinful thing. Human rights groups have responded to the statistics by condemning the Brazilian government for failing to protect LGBT people.

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