Thousands protest legalisation of ‘gay cure’ therapy in Brazil

(Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of people marched the streets of Sao Paulo yesterday (Friday 22) to protest the legalisation of “gay conversion” therapy in Brazil.

A judge overturned an 18-year ban on the practice which pretends to “cure” people of homosexuality.

Sao Paulo protest

(Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Carlos Daniel, an organiser of the demonstration said that they hoped the size of the protest would “help people understand that this decision wasn’t something small”.

He added that the ruling would lead to a negative stereotype of LGBTQ+ people and increase the danger faced by the community.

“These types of thoughts are what get us killed here in Brazil every day.

“We are dehumanized and treated like objects.

“We have to show everyone that we exist and that the future is ours,” Daniel said.

Protesters chanted “it’s not a disease”, flew flags and signs calling for better human rights for LGBTQ+ people in the country.

They also played iconic anthems such as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

Related: 10 things you’ve always wanted to ask a guy who’s been through gay conversion therapy

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