Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Brazil enjoy most of the same legal protections available to non-LGBT people.
On May 5, 2011, the Supreme Federal Court has voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same-sex couples the same 112 legal rights as married couples. The decision was approved by 10-0 with one abstention. One justice abstained because he had spoken publicly in favor of same-sex unions when he was attorney general. The ruling will give same-sex couples in stable partnerships the same financial and social rights enjoyed by those in opposite-sex relationships.
On June 27, 2011, first same-sex civil union was converted into a same-sex marriage in Brazil. A Brazilian judge in Jacareí, São Paulo had converted a civil union into a same-sex marriage, a first in the nation. On June 28, 2011, another stable union between same-sex couples has been converted into a marriage. This time it was Judge Jennifer Antunes de Souza, the 4th of Brasília, Federal District Family Court which upheld the order.
On June 28, another stable union between same-sex couples has been converted into a marriage. This time it was Judge Jennifer Antunes de Souza, the 4th of Brasilia Family Court which upheld the order.
The list of various LGBT rights in Brazil has expanded since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985, and the creation of the new Constitution of Brazil of 1988. In 2009, a survey conducted in 10 Brazilian capitals found that 7.8% of men identified as gay with bisexual males accounting for another 2.6% of the total population (for a total of 10.4%). The Brazilian lesbian population was 4.9% of females with bisexual women reaching 1.4% (for a total of 6.3%). There are no nation-wide statistics.
According to the Guinness World Records, the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade is the world's largest LGBT Pride celebration, with 4 million people in 2009. Brazil had 60,002 same-sex couples in the same home, according to the Brazilian Census of 2010 (IBGE). Brazil has 300 active LGBT organizations.
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