BRASILIA – Anti-gay violence targeted 4,851 people in Brazil last year and caused 310 deaths, according to an official report.
“Although many cases are not recorded, the statistics point to a serious picture of homophobic violence in Brazil: every day of 2012, 13.2 people were victims of homophobic violence” targeting gays, transvestites and transsexuals, said the report.
The number of reported cases soared 166 percent compared with 2011, due to improved reporting channels but also reflecting the magnitude of the problem.
The report’s release fueled further criticism of the so-called gay cure, a psychological treatment of homosexuality approved by a congressional human rights panel led by Marco Feliciano, a controversial evangelical pastor. Feliciano is facing strong criticism over his disparaging comments about gays and blacks.