Solicitor General Urges STF to Clarify How Homophobia Decision Affects Religious Freedom

In June, the Supreme Court equated homophobic and transphobic acts with the statutory crimes of racism. For the Federal Solicitor General, the protection of LGBTI+ people should not prejudice other freedoms, such as religion and expression.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's Solicitor General (AGU) José Levi, on Wednesday, October 14th, filed an appeal with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to clarify the scope of last June's judgment that decided to classify homophobia and transphobia as crimes of racism.

The AGU seeks clarification as to whether the measure affects the following: religious freedom; the disclosure in academic, media or professional circles of considerations regarding ways of exercising sexuality; the control of access to certain areas open to the public (such as restrooms, changing rooms, public transportation); and defences claiming reasons of philosophical or political convictions . . .

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