Complaints against homophobia on the Internet registered an increase of 106% between January and the first half of June 2021, compared to the same period last year. The data are the NGO SaferNet, which works to combat virtual crimes.
SaferNet's National Cyber Crime Complaints Center has received 2,529 complaints of homophobia on the Internet since early 2021. In the same period in 2020, the association had registered 1,226 complaints.
"In recent years, we have made very significant progress in achieving civil rights, especially for the LGBT population," said SaferNet director Juliana Cunha. "This causes there to be a kind of reaction and an attempt to set back these achievements."
In São Paulo, the LGBT Pride Parade had to adopt mechanisms to prevent the publication of homophobic comments during the live internet broadcast.
The organizers stated that, in the 2020 edition, there were more than 200 messages with death threats to the LGBT population in the broadcast of the event. The authors of these comments are being identified and the case will be reported to the Federal Public Ministry (MPF).
At the 2021 LGBT Pride Parade, held on June 6, a team of technicians used filters the social network on which the broadcast was carried out to block messages with threats and offenses. Messages that escaped the filters were manually erased by technicians.
The vice president of the Association of the LGBT Pride Parade of São Paulo, Renato Viterbo, pointed out that, with the changes, he did not find any more serious threat during the 8 hours of transmission.
“Our concern is not to confront society, but to be happy the way we are, the way we were born,” he said.