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The Assassination of Marielle Franco and LGBT Rights.

The assassination of Marielle Franco shocked Brazil and shocked me when I found out about it. Marielle fought for LGBT rights in Brazil and was a well respected politician before she was killed by oppossition.

When I went on a walking tour of the city the name Marielle Franco was mentioned and touched upon briefly, and I made a note of it to investigate further. The name came up again whilst watching the winning Samba School – Mangueira, as part of their float was dedicated to her – and I was lucky enough to be with some Brazillians who explained to me the significance of the memorial to her. I knew I had to write about it.


“Her relentless and brave activism against the most lawless police battalions, her opposition to military intervention, and, most threateningly of all, her growing power as a black, gay woman from the favela seeking not to join Brazil’s power structure, but to subvert it”

Glenn Greenwald (Journalist and friend of Marielle)