Earlier this week, a gay teen was shot and killed in Brazil. It’s another horrible example of an epidemic of violence happening against LGBTQ people in the South American country.
Brazilian media reports that the body of Jonas Correia dos Santos was found in the village of Chá do Pai Gonçalo, in the eastern Brazilian state of Alagoas. So far there is no information on what led to the crime, and no suspects have been named.
Twenty-three queer people were murdered in the first 27 days of this year in Brazil. The Gay Group of Bahia (GGB) is the oldest association for the defense of the human rights for queer people living in Brazil. Its 2016 annual survey released shocking statistics showing that every 25 hours, at least one LGBTQ person is murdered in the nation.
In 2016, the group registered 343 deaths connected to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attacks in the last year. They documented 173 gay men, 144 trans people, 10 lesbians, four bisexuals and 12 victims as straight. The reasoning behind including those 12 straight allies is because they are believed to have been murdered because of their close connections to the queer community.
Earlier this year, a mother in Brazil stabbed her son to death because he was gay. After kicking her son out over a disagreement, Tatiana Lozano Pereira lured her 17-year-old son Itaberli Lozano back to their home. She pretended she wanted to make peace with him and welcomed him back home. Instead of a peace offering, two “thugs” she hired were waiting for him when he arrived. After deciding a simple beating wasn’t enough, she ordered the two teenage boys to kill him. They refused, so she took a knife and stabbed her son to death.
Also this year, a disturbing cell phone video went viral showing the savage beating of a Brazilian trans woman just before her murder. The clip horrified Brazil and brought the country’s problem with anti-LGBTQ violence to the forefront.