provides free SRS for its trans citizens, so it wasn't surprising to hear that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Human Rights Secretary Paulo Vannuchi signed a December 9 decree creating the National LGBT Council.
The newly created National LGBT Council will "formulate and propose guidelines for government actions, at the
national level, aimed at combating discrimination and promoting and
defending the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites and
The National LGBT Council is comprised of employees of 15 governmental organizations and representatives of 15 non governmental organizations and was an outgrowth of the deliberations following the June 2008 National LGBT Conference. A National Plan To Promote LGBT Citizenship and Human Rights was also
compiled with 166 recommendations made to implement the national plan to
improve the lives of GLBT Brazilians
"The creation of the council is something ABGLT has been pressuring for
and is a victory for civil society and the Lula government," said Toni
Reis, president of the otrganization. "It shows respect for the deliberations of the 1st National LGBT
Conference, held in June 2008, and will be a means of ensuring social
watch over the implementation of the 166 actions contained in the
National Plan to Promote LGBT Citizenship and Human Rights."
Glad to hear that at least one nation on the planet is motivated to protect the human rights of its GLBT citizens.