Brazilian Government Organizes Large Gay Conference

Brazil’s federal government is organizing a groundbreaking 1st National Conference of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transpersons.

Subtitled “Human Rights and Public Policies: The Way Forward to Ensuring the Citizenship of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transpersons,” the event will be held May 9-11, 2008.
A decree convening the conference was signed by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and published in the Official Gazette on Nov. 29.
Toni Reis, president of the Brazilian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Association, called the decree and the conference “unprecedented.”
Some 700 attendees are anticipated, 40 percent of them government officials. Beforehand, conferences will be held in each of Brazil’s 27 states to prepare for, and elect delegates to, the main gathering.
“The overall organization of the conference is the responsibility of The Special Department for Human Rights, which has ministerial status and reports directly to the president’s office,” Reis said.
In his decree, Lula said he wants “to promote the citizenship and human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transpersons, [and] strengthen the government’s Brazil Without Homophobia Program.”

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