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A Brazil "Gay Cure" Law In Midst Of Nationwide Economic Protests

Gay Parade in Sao Paulo
Gay Parade in Sao Paulo
Marcio Falcao

BRASILIA - With an inflamatory speech, the president of the Brazilian Parliament’s Commission for Human Rights Marco Feliciano has warned the federal government not to interfere in the voting session for the proposed law known as “gay cure.”

Feliciano, who is the leader of an evangelical church, as well as a group of some 80 members of Parliament who abide by traditionalist Christian teachings, has been attempting to push through a law that would allow psychologists to be allowed to treat people with homosexuality — a law sarcastically dubbed “gay cure” by its opponents.

Feliciano denied that forcing a vote on the controversial proposition now was an attempt to provoke demonstrators of massive nationwide protests against economic conditions in the country. “We’ve been waiting for this to be voted on for two years now,” he said.

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Marco Feliciano - Photo: Alexandra Martins / Câmara dos Deputados

Instead, the evangelical legislator said he was responding to Brazil’s Minister of Human Rights, Maria do Rosário, who promised to fight the project within the government. Earlier in the week, she said that the law would be a “step back considering that it does not acknowledge sexual diversity as a human right. Talking about cure is the same as talking about a disease.”

Feliciano said it was a “political game,” and that “the government always tried to block projects. It happens all the time.” He added: “I want to tell the minister to keep away from the Legislature, because it's too dangerous. She is dealing with all our group”.


The project, authored by deputy João Campos, was born within the Lower House of Parliament. It nullifies two parts of the resolution written in 1999 by the Federal Council of Psychology. The first one states that “psychologists shall not collaborate in events or services offering treatment and cure for homosexuality.”

The second part says “psychologists will neither pronounce nor participate in public speeches, in the mass media, reinforcing social prejudice related to homosexuals as pursuing any kind of psychological disorder.”

Campos justifies the document by saying that the council restricted the work of professionals and the right to receive professional advice.

The vote is a victory for the evangelical group, who has been trying to push it since two years ago.

Feliciano argues the project does not consider homosexuality a disease, and criticizes the nickname “gay cure” used by the media and activists against it. He says that psychologists have the right to help patients who look for help concerning their sexuality.

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A Refuge From China's Rat Race: The Young People Flocking To Buddhist Monasteries

Unemployment, stress in the workplace, economic difficulties: more and more young Chinese graduates are flocking to monasteries to find "another school of life."

Photograph of a girl praying at a temple during Chinese Lunar New Year. She is burning incense.

Feb 20, 2015 - Huaibei, China - Chinese worshippers pray at a temple during the Lunar New Yeat

Frédéric Schaeffer

JIAXING — It's already dawn at Xianghai Temple when Lin, 26, goes to the Hall of 10,000 Buddhas for the 5:30 a.m. prayer.

Still half-asleep, the young woman joins the monks in chanting mantras and reciting sacred texts for an hour. Kneeling, she bows three times to Vairocana, also known as the Great Sun Buddha, who dominates the 42-meter-high hall representing the cosmos.

Before grabbing a vegetarian breakfast in the adjacent refectory, monks and devotees chant around the hall to the sound of drums and gongs.

"I resigned last October from the e-commerce company where I had been working for the past two years in Nanjing, and joined the temple in January, where I am now a volunteer in residence," explains the young woman, soberly dressed in black pants and a cream linen jacket.

Located in the city of Jiaxing, over a hundred kilometers from Shanghai, in eastern China, the Xianghai temple is home to some 20 permanent volunteers.

Unlike Lin, most of them only stay for a couple days or a few weeks. But for Lin, who spends most of her free time studying Buddhist texts in the temple library, the change in her life has been radical. "I used to do the same job every day, sometimes until very late at night, writing all kinds of reports for my boss. I was exhausted physically and mentally. I felt my life had no meaning," she says.

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