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Ask a Brazilian: Gay Perception
October 1, 2013

This is our regular column called Ask a Brazilian”, the idea being that you can quite literally ask a question of a Brazilian – for those issues you aren’t sure about but perhaps dare not ask someone else. It is meant as a bit of fun and answers should not be construed as expert opinion or the definitive reply on the matter. For that reason we ask you to please send your own comments and experiences in order to add to our replies.

This site is great! I recently moved to Brazil with my female partner. Although our city has gay rights and a gay parade each year I am still nervous showing public displays of affection. I read that “on the streets” gay relationships are not tolerated even though they are recognized by the government. Are my fears validated or have I been misled?

— Reba


Hello, Reba.

Where do you live?

If your are in São Paulo, where I live, and live among many gays couples that are close to me, I don&rsquot;t believe you will have any trouble. Go ahead and live your life, with love. If someone doesn&rsquot;t like it, their loss.

Beijos,

Vanessa Agricola

Dear Reba,

Brazil is famous for its people&rsquot;s diversity and its tolerance. That includes respect for sexual orientation as well and no need to say that São Paulo is famous for hosting the largest Gay Parade of the world.

But like any other society, Brazil struggles to make it a universal thinking. Unfortunately Brazil is also famous for it sexist approach in many regions. The debate over women&rsquot;s and gays rights is always on the agenda and our population is relatively far from being totally respectful towards gays.

There&rsquot;s been a lot of talks about Gay&rsquot;s rights recently and the media is helping a lot, fighting against conservative churches and political parties which insist on causing trouble to gay people instead of letting them live their lives and promoting free love.

Thank God even the Pope joined the fight now! Concerning prejudice and risk of aggression (verbal or physical), there is very little chance of happening to you if you are in a large or medium-sized city. Gay men face more danger, especially if kissing in public (like any other country).

But showing affection in a gentle way, just like any other type of couple will make your life very pleasant in Brazil.

Use your own common sense, but bear in mind that “Common Sense is not Common”.

Rodrigo

Rodrigo Chaves is the Director of Studies of English for Business, an English school focused at the Corporate Market in São Paulo

Are there any burning questions you have about Brazil, or other issues that you’re curious about, such as Brazilian culture? If so, send your questions to gringoes@www.gringoes.com with “Ask a Brazilian” in the subject. We will forward to our Brazilian experts, and publish the best questions (and replies) on the site.



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