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article image'Heterosexual Pride Day' awaits mayor's signature in Sao Paulo

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 5, 2011 in World
San Paulo - Sao Paulo's city council has approved a proposal to create Heterosexual Pride Day honoring straight people that will be celebrated yearly on the third Sunday of December if it gets a final stamp of approval from the mayor of South America's largest city.
The fate of the legislation, which was passed by a majority of the members of the Sao Paulo City Council, is now in the hands of the city's mayor Gilberto Kassab. Kassab has not given any indication on which direction he is leaning on the bill, but has confirmed that it is under review by his office, reports AP.
Heterosexual Pride Day was the idea of city councilman Carlos Apolinaro, who said it was not intended to be "anti-gay but a protest against what he says are the privileges the gay community enjoys," according to the AP report.
Apolinaro told the Christian Science Monitor "they didn't want a parade or any celebration reminiscent of Sao Paulo's Gay Pride events, however, he felt compelled to make a symbolic move to shore up Brazil’s eroding morals."
Heterosexual Pride Day has its share of supporters and opponents, with church leaders praising the event and members of Brazil's Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community concerned that it might provoke violence against people thought to be anything but straight.
Crimes and acts of violence committed against homosexuals are reported in the news each day throughout South America and the world. The Christian Science Monitor reported "a homosexual is killed in Brazil every thirty-six hours."
In a statement from the Brazilian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Association quoted in the Advocate, the LGBT group said, “The celebration of heterosexual pride is inappropriate because it belittles the just cause of the LGBT community. Unlike homosexuals, heterosexuals are not discriminated against simply for being heterosexuals.”
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