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Brazil Prez Blocks Gay Sex Ed

Brazil Prez Blocks Gay Sex Ed


Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has banned sex education films with antihomophobia messaging from being produced or distributed in schools because she thinks they are unsuitable for children.

Evangelical church leaders, with political allies, threatened to block all upcoming legislation if Rousseff didn't stop the production and dissemination of the antihomophobia kits, the BBC reports.

The kits, distributed by Brazil's ministry of health and the ministry of education, contain images of gay and lesbian couples with messaging to combat homophobia. A government spokesman said Rousseff personally reviewed the materials and thought the videos did not offer an objective view of homosexuality.

Brazilian congressman Jean Wyllys said he voted for Rousseff because of her commitment to human rights.

"If she doesn't do a U-turn and change her mind, I will urge all gay people not to vote for her again," he said.

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