Brazilian President cancels trip to New York because of protests

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Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro will no longer be visiting New York City because LGBT campaigners said they would boycott him bedcause of his homophobic views. Bolsonaro was due to receive the person of the year award by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce at a gala event on May 14 in New York City. But as he recently announced, the pressure he faced from the city’s mayor and some ‘interested groups’ made him change the plans. The decision was met with protests from LGBT+ and environmental groups that led several sponsors, including media organization The Financial Times, consulting firm Bain & Company and Delta airlines, to rolling back the support they usually give to this event. The event organizers noted Bolsonaro’s decision to skip the ceremony on their website, but ensured that his award won’t be taken away from him. “The choice of President Bolsonaro is a recognition of his strongly stated intention of fostering closer commercial and diplomatic ties between Brazil and the United States and his firm commitment to building a strong and durable partnership between the two nations,” the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce wrote explaining the decision to pick Bolsonaro for the award.

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