Brazil's president halted a campaign addressing homophobia on Wednesday, claiming that the videos and pamphlets are not appropriate for school-aged children. Without providing details on the campaign's content, Brazilian presidential secretary Gilberto Carvalho told the Associated Press,
The government maintains its clear position against any type of homophobia. It's important that this material, to be productive and to reach its goals, be the result of extensive consultation with society, to not generate this type of controversy.
Despite Brazilian law recognizing same-sex civil unions, the civil rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia claims that 260 LGBT-related murders occurred last year, up 113 percent since 2005. Clearly there is a need for these pamphlets that the government could be doing better to address.
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