And we were just planning our trip to Rio.
A hardline anti-gay evangelical bishop has been elected as the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
Marcelo Crivella is a bishop of Brazil’s Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and has also enjoyed success as a right-wing politician.
The bishop took 59.37% of the vote this week as the 2016 Olympic host city elected its new Mayor – a landslide victory over left-wing candidate Marcelo Freixo, who scraped just 40.6% in the run-off.
The Times reports that Crivella has a long record of anti-LGBT views, describing homosexuals as “victims of a terrible evil”.
He has vocally opposed same-sex unions and LGBT rights reforms.
The election marks a major shift to the right in the city, amid a wider national corruption scandal and economic recession. Left-wing former President Dilma Rousseff was removed from power earlier this year after lawmakers found her guilty of breaking budgetary laws.
Known for its liberal party atmosphere, Rio has a thriving LGBT community and one of the largest Pride events in South America. – pinknews.co.uk
We'd think going ahead with travel plans will be fine. I mean, people still came to the United States when Ronald Reagan was president.
Have you been to Rio?
How have you found the LGBT community to be? Out and open? Fun? Supoortive?