LGBT people are massively killed in Brazil

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Women react at a march while mourning activist Marielle Franco in Rio de Janeiro on April 14, 2018, one month after her murder in Lapa. The murder of Franco, a black Brazilian activist who fought her way out of the slums to become a popular councilor, made headlines around the world. The outspoken 38-year-old, who was a critic of police brutality, an advocate for minorities and the posterchild of a new type of politics, was shot dead on March 14 in an assassination-style killing with four bullets to the head. / AFP PHOTO / DIEGO HERCULANO (Photo credit should read DIEGO HERCULANO/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 300 people in Brazil have been killed in anti-LGBT hate crimes so far in 2018. In 2017 there were 387 LGBT people killed in comparison to 343 in 2016. So this year might be the deadliest for LGBT Brazilians, because it is not over and the number is already bigger than 300. The survey by Brazil’s oldest LGBT watchdog, Grupo Gay da Bahia, also found that 713 anti-LGBT hate crimes — often in the categories of physical or psychological violence — have been recorded up to mid-September.Last year, Grupo Gay da Bahia president Luiz Mott said that the rising levels of violence were partially caused by the growth of and publicity given to ultra-conservative politicians like the leader of the Presidential race Jair Bolsonaro , who publicly claimed that it would be better for him to see his child dying in an accident than coming out to him as gay.

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