Trump smirks as Brazil’s far right president says they are united against LGBTQ people
By Alex Bollinger · Wednesday, March 20, 2019
President Jair Bolsonaro said that the U.S. and Brazil are united in their efforts to undermine and erase LGBTQ people while Donald Trump stood beside him.
Bolsonaro and Trump delivered joint statements at the White House yesterday to kick off the Brazilian president’s visit to the U.S.
At the end of his statement, Bolsonaro said, “In conclusion, may I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties and respect to the traditional family lifestyles and respect to God, our creator, against the gender ideology and the politically correct attitudes and against fake news.”
“May I voice my admiration and recognition to president Donald Trump on this beautiful day where we seal the promising alliance between the two most promising and largest democracies in the Western hemisphere,” he added.
Trump did not respond to those comments, but he smirked when Bolsonaro mentioned “fake news.” The two went on to take questions on unrelated matters from the press.
Bolsonaro is staunchly opposed to LGBTQ equality. He has said that he would never love his son if he came out as gay.
On television in 2017, he said that he would never have a gay son because his family has “a good education.”
He also promised to ban any references to LGBTQ people at school, saying that it’s a threat to the country’s Christian values.
Bolsonaro tweeted a video two weeks ago of a man peeing on another man, saying that the video “exposes the truth” about gay people.
In these days of the exposure of phobic hatred – in Christchurch towards the Islamic Community by an Australian ‘White Supremacist’ and his N.Z. supporters – we now have the Presidents of Brazil and the U.S.A. together demonstrating their hatred for the LGBTI+ community.
One of the intriguing aspects of President Bolsonaro’s statement at the White House meeting (with President Trump smiling at his side) was his assertion that no son of his would ever be gay “because his family had ‘a good education'”. This understanding that one’s intrinsic sexual orientation is affected by one’s education or social standing is one of the myths that seem to be prevalent in the minds of those whose sexuality is securely oriented in the binary, heterosexual model, and who cannot imagine that any other possibility is within the normal range of human gender/sexuality.
From his speech, Bolsonaro has only gained his anti-gay perspective from the sort of porn videos that the sex industry is keen to promote for profit. However, if his friend, President Trump is to be measured by the evidence of his own sexual propriety, then heterosexuals like him have nothing to crow about when it comes to sexual ‘purity’.
However, the most insidious effect of this homophobic rant from the White House is that it will have the effect of demonising the many young people in both countries whose sexuality is as yet still indeterminate. And as research has shown,. this is the problem for many teenagers who already have problems with their emerging sexual identity, and who are in danger of self-harm or even suicide.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand