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Two Women Arrested for Same-Sex Kiss at Brazil Evangelical Event: VIDEO

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Marco Feliciano, a Brazilian lawmaker and pastor, ordered two women arrested at Glorifica Litoral, an evangelical festival in mid-September in the city of São Sebastião,

Feliciano stopped the event to make the arrest, Opposing Views reports:

“Those two girls have to leave here handcuffed” said Feliciano, who is also president of the House Commission for Human Rights and Minorities. “No use trying to run; guards are headed there now. This here isn’t a place where anything goes. It’s the house of God.”

The two young women, Yunka Mihura, 20, and Joana Palhares, 18, were taken by the Municipal Civil Guard to the First District Police Station of São Sebastião. Mihura and Palhares claimed that they were physically assaulted by the police during the incident, PRI reported.

During an interview after their arrest, the women said they had kissed multiple times during the event and that nobody seemed to mind. “The event was public, paid for with our taxes,” Mihura said. “That stage, that microphone, everything was with public money. It was also an open space, on Beach Street. It was our right to be there.”

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Beyoncé Pulled Off the Stage by Shirtless Fan in Sao Paulo: VIDEO

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A fan pulled Beyoncé off the stage and into the crowd last night at a concert last night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the NY Daily News reports:

Meanwhile scores of security surround the man and fellow concert goers appear to rough him up for the inappropriate move. Surprisingly, Beyoncé comes to his defense!

She tells her security that "it's okay," letting the man stay in the venue. She later asks him his name, then warmly tells him "I love you" before continuing on with her concert, as the crowd cheers.

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Pope Francis Delivers Message Of LGBT Tolerance, Asks 'Who Am I To Judge?'

Pope Francis was in Rio de Janeiro for the week to celebrate World Youth Day, and on Sunday morning he attracted a huge crowd of three million for Mass. While this Pope is certainly popular in Brazil, he may gain some (hesitant) popularity with the LGBT community now as well.

Huffington Post reports:

While taking questions from reporters on the plane back to Rome, Francis spoke about gays and the reported "gay lobby." According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pope's comments about homosexuality came in the context of a question about gay priests.

Pope francisThe pontiff broached the delicate question of how he would respond to learning that a cleric in his ranks was gay, though not sexually active. For decades, the Vatican has regarded homosexuality as a "disorder," and Pope Francis' predecessor Pope Benedict XVI formally barred men with what the Vatican deemed "deep-seated" homosexuality from entering the priesthood.

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can't marginalize these people."

Father James Martin, S.J. who is an admirer of Francis, said that the pontiff's comment about gay people is consistent with the rest of his papacy.

"One of Francis's hallmarks is an emphasis on mercy, which you see in that response. That mercy, of course, comes from Jesus. And we can never have too much of it."

During the interview, the Pope also reported that several allegations of gay trysts with high ranking Vatican officials had been investigated and had no truth to them. He reportedly delivered this news, and his other comments, light-heartedly; according to the AP, "He was funny and candid during a news conference that lasted almost an hour and a half. He didn't dodge a single question..."

The Pope did still refer to homosexuality as a sin, but his reported good will came through.

...when someone sins and confesses, he said, God not only forgives but forgets.

"We don't have the right to not forget," he said.

Could the Catholic Church be taking a progressive turn? Was the Pope simply having a good day? His comments are at least a small step in a positive direction.


LGBT Brazilians Give Pope A Gay Kiss-In: VIDEO

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Pope Francis, who recently offered penitent Catholics time off from Purgatory in return for following him on Twitter, recently arrived in Brazil for a five day tour in celebration of World Youth Day, a pilgrimage of sorts for Catholic youth. However, not everyone was thrilled with the Pope's presence. As US News points out, "On Monday night, the Argentinian-born pope got a very different reception from young LGBT Brazilians, who staged a beijaco, or kiss-in, along the papal motorcade route." No doubt the Pope's ardent opposition to marriage equality has not sat well with LGBT activists in Brazil.

Far from being the only ones discontented by the Pope's visit, The Campaign for Brazilian Women has also organized an event they're calling a "SlutWalk" where protesters march in risque nun outfits. Said Rogeria Peixinho, an activist involved with the campaign, "We want to show that there's another youth and another way of thinking that is against oppression and the control of female sexuality." LGBT protesters have also planned another gay kiss-in for July 25 on Copacabana Beach to coincide with Pope Francis' speech, according to Pink News.

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Brazilians Protest Possible End of Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy: VIDEO

Brazilians, who have been taking to the streets in massive numbers in anti-governement protests, have been joined in part by an LGBT contingent protesting Brazilian Parliament’s Commission for Human Rights President Marco Feliciano's proposal to lift a ban on gay conversion therapy, Euronews reports:

GaycureIf passed the change in legislation would permit psychologists to treat “homosexuality” as an illness.

One teacher at a demonstration in Sao Paolo, Luis Eduardo, expressed his anger at the situation in the country: “All eyes are on Brazil at the moment because of the Confederations Cup so we need to take advantage of this opportunity. We’re tired and we’ve had enough. We have corruption. Politicians are earning a lot of money while teachers are suffering in the schools. And now we have the Head of the Equality Body proposing a new law known as the “gay cure”. It’s ridiculous and we’re here to protest against it.”

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Brazil Congressional Human Rights Committee Approves Bill Lifting Prohibition on Gay Conversion Therapy

The Commission for Human Rights and Minorities in Brazil's lower house of Congress, led by evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano (pictured) of the Social Christian Party, has approved a bill that would lift a prohibition on psychologists to perform gay conversion therapy, the AP reports:

FelicianoThe measure approved Tuesday seeks to lift a prohibition on psychologists treating homosexuality that was established by the Federal Psychology Council. The ban has been in effect since 1999.

"In practice, (the initiative's) result would be that a person over 18 years of age, responsible for his actions, who is homosexual and wants to reorient his sexuality, can be attended by a psychologist," said lawmaker Joao Campos, a member of the evangelical bloc of Brazil's lower house.

Feliciano had tried for weeks to put the "gay cure" initiative before the commission but had failed as opponents maneuvered to block a vote. The initiative was passed Tuesday amid a low turnout by commission members.

The psychologists' council is against the measure , which must pass through other committees. Brazil's first out gay lawmaker Jean Wyllys does not expect it will make it to a full Congressional vote.


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