Brazil’s 2016 Gay Pride Parade Targets Country’s Evangelicals as the Enemy


The 2016 gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this Sunday points to a clash of worldviews similiar to the so-called “culture wars” in the United States.

The 20th annual gay pride parade is considered the largest of its kind in the world. Organizers estimate more than 2 million attended in 2015.

The parade took place just three days after the “March for Jesus,” which organizers at the Reborn in Christ Church describe as “the largest Christian event in the world.”

Jarbas Aragao, Brazil correspondent for CBN News’ Mundo Christiano program, reports that the two Sao Paulo events reflect the current divide in Brazilian society.

“The tone of the LGBT parade this year shows that the liberal movements, especially those of Marxist nature, chose as its main enemies those who defend Christian values in politics,” he said.

The 20th gay pride parade focused on winning passage of a gender identity law, which would allow transgender people to change all their legal documents to a new name reflecting their new gender identity.

Aragao reports that one transgender person wore a costume that is a “direct challenge to evangelical congressmen.”

Viviany Beleboni wore a gag in her mouth and an uneven scale on her shoulders. In one of the dishes was a Bible with the words “backwards” and “Evangelical Front.”

“My protest this year is against the fundamentalists that try to bar our laws,” Beleboni said. “I will talk about religion as often as needed.”

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