A “Straight Pride Day” has been approved in São Paulo this week to counteract the “excesses and privileges” of gays.
Carlos Apolinario, the representative spearheading the idea, discussed the project during the city’s preparations for its LGBT Pride Parade; one of the biggest gay parades in the world.
The text of the bill proposes celebrating the Straight Pride Day every third Sunday in December and adding the date to the city's official calendar.
The bill aims to “raise awareness and encourage the population to safeguard the morals and good customs.”
Critics against the bill have alleged that it is provocation, however, Apolinario clarifies that it is just a way for people to express their opposition against the “excesses and privileges” given to the gay community.
Apolinario points out the fact that Sao Paulo's huge gay pride day parade is held every year on Paulista Avenue, one of the main thorough fares in this city, while the March for Jesus, one of the biggest Christian street events was not given permission to use the same avenue.
The bill now awaits sanction by São Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab in order to become a law. Among 39 council members, 11 were against the approval of the project.
The representative ítalo Cardoso of the rival Workers’ Party lamented the decision and criticized the project.
“I don’t know in which way this project is helpful. The Gay Pride Parade is not a privilege. The fact that March For Jesus was moved to another area is not the fault of gays,” he said.
After approval Apolinario’s website was invaded by a hacker who left a message about the number of homosexuals who are killed in Brazil.
“In Brazil one homosexual is killed every 36 hours. This type of crime has increased 113% in the last five years. In 2010, 260 were killed. In the first three months of this year only there were 65 murders.”
Apolinario did not agree with the message and with the way it was transmitted, but said the he (the hacker) has the right to give his opinion.