Trump Invites Homophobic Brazilian President to White House

Jair Bolsonaro has been the topic of many different posts here on Instinct with his extremely homophobic views including saying things like he would rather have a dead child than a gay one or that he would punch a gay couple if he saw them kissing on the streets. Needless to say, he is a pretty bad guy in relation to gay rights and the general wellbeing of LGBTQ Brazilians. On March 19th, Trump will meet with Bolsonaro to "discuss how to build a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere," according to the Advocate

They will discuss defense cooperation, trade policies, international crime, and restoring democracy in Venezuela. They will also, most ironically, discuss humanitarian efforts. I'm sure you've all been paying attention to Trump's abysmal track record in regards to LGBTQ rights, with him appointing anti-gay officials and banning transgender people from serving in the military among other things. One of Jair Bolsonaro's first acts as president was to remove LGBTQ concerns from a list of issues that are handled by Brazil's human rights ministry and has not assigned them to a different agency. 

He has also referred to autochthonous Brazilians as animals and called LGBTQ rights movements "Marxist garbage" and wants Brazilian schools to be run by the military. It sounds to me like Bolsonaro is attempting to be more of a dictator than a president who would use his power for personal gain, which is why it's not surprising that Trump wants to meet with him. 

Donald Trump, since he was sworn into office, has agreed with enemy dictators over his own intelligence agency and has spoken highly of autocrats so it only stands to reason that he would look forward to meeting with someone with the same leadership skills as Putin or Kim Jong Un. Will this meeting stay on track and discuss the above topics, or will Trump and Bolsonaro discuss how to further take away LGBTQ rights? Nobody can know for sure, but this meeting really puts a bad taste in my mouth.


h/t: The Advocate, BBC

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