Increasing representativity and including the LGBTQ+ community rights in political debates are even more pressing issues this election year Hence why, in the next few days, the SCRUFF app will focus on public awareness campaigns regarding the “Vote LGBTQ+” topic.
Renan Quinalha is also a professor and one of the organizers of the collection “Ditadura e homossexualidades: repressão, resistência e a busca da verdade” (EdUFSCar, 2014).
In the livestream, he will talk about subjects such as the low number of LGBTQ+ candidates in relation to the Brazilian population, the challenges of getting into political parties, the lack of resources for the campaigns and how voting for LGBT+ candidates can change the course of politics.
In an interview to the website Sul21, the professor said that “it is necessary to fight within political parties for more effective space, so it won’t just be those campaigns advertised as “diversity” which, in fact, don’t have any actual electoral space, viability, chances and resources from their political parties”.
We are many, but poorly represented.
The LGBTQ+ community represents 10 percent of the population, but only 0,1 percent of the candidates, according to the LGBTI+ Public Safety Operators National Network. The Network published the “Voter Guide for tired LGBTI voters”, available on the entity’s Instagram (@renosplgbti).
In said guide, the Network states that the presence of LGBTQ+ politicians increases the chances of bringing important matters regarding this community to the Legislative Power, such as young people’s education. It is estimated that 36 percent of LGBTQ+ Brazilian students have been physically assaulted, while 73 percent of them have been verbally abused.
Winning seats in the Legislative Assembly is important because, in this space, there is little representation – not coincidentally, the majority of LGBTQ+ achievements came from the Judicial Branch. Nowadays, only three out of the 594 Brazilian congressmen are openly gay.
In New Zealand, where is the gayest parliament in the world, homosexuals take up 9 percent of the 120 seats. In the United Kingdom, LGBTQ+ candidates were elected for 45 out of the 650 parliament seats (7%).
“VOTE LGBTQ+” livestream featuring Renan Quinalha
Thursday (29), at 7:00 p.m.
On @gayblogbr‘s Instagram