The Coordination of Policies for Sexual Diversity, from the Department of Justice and Citizenship, under the coordination of the lawyer Marcelo Gallego, opened an investigation against the host of the Brazilian TV show “Amigos do Leão”, Gilberto Barros, accused of homophobia.
The charges are based on the State Law number 10.948/2001, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The information was provided by the State of São Paulo’s Government Department of Justice and Citizenship’s official site.
Barros was giving an interview to the Brazilian TV host Sonia Abrão and remembered the time when he worked for the Globo Radio, in 1984: “I had to wake up at about 2:00 or 2:30 a.m. and when I parked my car on the garage I had to witness two men kissing, since there was a gay nightclub right up ahead. I don’t have anything against it, but still, I get sick, I am human. It was so long ago, you can imagine, I had just arrived from a small town. Nowadays, if they want to do that in front of me they can, I will beat them both up, but they still can do it”.
“It is inadmissible that someone, especially on the media, encourages violence against LGBT people. That person will face criminal and administrative charges and the law will make them learn how to respect our population”. – says William De Lucca, a journalist and LGBT activist who also reported Barros’ conduct.
“It is inadmissible that in the 21st century we still get threatened for doing something that any heteronormative person does undisturbedly, without any kind of hassle. We need to restrain this kind of conduct, but even more so, we need to promote political and reparation actions against the violence suffered by the LGBT community”.
Gilberto Barros has disappeared from social media since his homophobic speech, but reappeared to ask support from his followers, stating that “things will get rough”. Watch out and support me, help me, because I don’t do this for myself. I do this precisely to fight against what would be happening with the good people of this country, who are being kept under control, being persecuted, but since this is happening to me I won’t complain. I only ever hope that, since I have my friends’ backs, that my friends, knowing who I am, will stay by my side, because things will get rough”.