Landmark Brazil Supreme Court Decision: Criminalizes Hate Speech against LGBTQIA+

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Picture this: Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court (STF) recently gathered in a virtual meeting and took a bold vote – 9 in favour, 1 against.

What’s the buzz all about? Well, they made a super important decision. They said that using hurtful words to target LGBTQIA+ people is just as bad as using racial slurs.

This cool decision came to life on August 21st. But hold on, there’s more to the story! It all started back in 2019 when a group called the Brazilian Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites, Transsexuals, and Intersex (ABGLT) brought a case to the STF. They wanted to stand up against people who spread hate.

Big Win for Equality As Brazil’s Supreme Court Stands Against Hate Speech!

So, what does this mean for people who are mean to LGBTQIA+ folks? Well, the STF is saying no more! If you’re caught being mean, you might end up spending 2 to 5 years in jail. Plus, you’ll have to pay some money as a punishment. And guess what? If more than one person is being mean together, the punishment could be even worse.

Justice Edson Fachin, the person in charge of the case, explained that back in 2019, the Supreme Court already decided that being mean to LGBTQIA+ people is a lot like being racist. And this time, they said being nasty because of someone’s gender identity or who they love is just like saying nasty things because of their race. Fachin thinks it’s not fair to only protect some people from hate – everyone deserves to be safe and respected.

This whole decision fits perfectly with a law that came to life in 2023. The law says that being mean in a racist way is totally not okay. It was passed by a group of important people in Congress and even signed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

So there you have it! Brazil’s Supreme Court is standing up for love, respect, and equality. Let’s give a high-five to progress!”

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