Brazilian YouTuber Felipe Neto gives away 14,000 LGBT+ books to protest against the censorship

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Felipe Neto responded to a politician’s attempts to censor LGBT+ books by giving thousands away for free. Neto, who is one of Brazil’s most popular YouTubers with 34 million subscribers, made the grand gesture after Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Marcelo Crivella expressed an intention to forbid the LGBT-themed books at the Rio International Book Biennial. The right-wing politician had sought to censor books on sale after taking exception to an Avengers comic book that features a kiss between two male superheroes, saying it would be unacceptable for the youngest readers. In a video, Felipe Neto branded the attempted censorship a “sad day for Brazilian democracy,” adding: “Love is not porn. Love should not be censored. It cannot be prohibited for minors.” He said that he wanted to spread the message of unity, so those who want a free book will be able to get it. Books available at the giveaway on Saturday included Love, Simon, Call Me By Your Name, Boy Erased and Southermost, with pictures shared of the “mountain” of books ready to be distributed.

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