ACI Digital, Aug 24, 2023 / 09:30 am
By a vote of 9-1, Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court (STF) this week equated slurs against “LGBTQIAPN+ people with the crime of racial slurs.”
The decision was made Aug. 21 in a virtual session and responded to a case brought in 2019 by the Brazilian Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites, Transsexuals, and Intersex (ABGLT).
With this decision by the STF, transphobia and homophobia will be punished with sentences of two to five years of imprisonment in addition to the payment of a fine. The penalty can be doubled if the crime is committed by two or more people.
According to the rapporteur for the case, Justice Edson Fachin, since the Supreme Court recognized in 2019 that discrimination against LGBTQIAPN+ people constitutes racism, the practice of homo- or transphobia can constitute a crime of racial slurs.