Right now, travel agents, journalists, hoteliers and others in the hospitality industry are packing their bags and heading to Brazil for The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s annual global convention, held this year in the southern city of Florianopolis from April 12-14. They’ll check out hotels, network with contacts, discuss best practices and discover all that Brazil has to offer queer travelers (and there’s a lot).
And the country is one of the most gay-friendly on the planet, with gays and lesbians allowed to marry, adopt and serve in the military. Gender-reassignment surgery is offered for free as part of the country’s national health service.
But as The Daily Beast’s Kristian Jepsen reports, all is not well for LGBTs who call the South American country home: Murders of gays and lesbians in the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais–and more notably in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo–are on the rise.
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