Brazil gays to fight subsidized heterosexuality
July 14, 2004
RIO DE JANEIRO — Gay Brazilians readied Tuesday to battle a bill in Rio de
Janeiro's state legislature to subsidize homosexuals for going
straight, activist Claudio Nascimento told AFP.
"The bill to give aid to homosexuals who want to become
heterosexual is a political insult, which jeopardizes the prestige
of the Legislative Assembly," the leader of the Rainbow Group said.
"We expect it to fail."
The bill was drafted by Christian Democrat deputy Edino Fonseca
to create an "aid program for persons who voluntarily opt to change
sexual orientation from homosexuality to heterosexuality."
Already, the constitution and the justice committees have
approved it. Both are chaired by evangelicals.
Fonseca told Folha de Sao Paulo, "We do not think homosexuality
is a disease, but an acquired habit that can be broken."
"I have met with Fonseca," Nascimento said.
"He has an 18th century outlook."
The chair of the justice and constitution committees, deputy
Domingos Brazao, of the Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), said the
bill "does not trample constitutional or judicial norms."
Likewise, the chair of the health committee, evangelical deputy
Samuel Malafaia (PMDB) called homosexuality "a distortion of nature
and of a normal human being."
Gay activists expect the bill to fail in the committees on
discrimination and on human rights. – Sapa-AFP
UN gay rights resolution withdrawn [30/03/2004]