Shocking new statistics released out of Brazil show that more than one LGBTI person is murdered every day in the South American nation, because of their sexuality or gender identity.
The new statistics which were released by the organisation Grupo Gay de Bahia, who monitor LGBTI hate crimes, say that Brazil now has the highest LGBTI homicide rate in the world.
With a staggering 387 murders recorded in 2017, an increase of 30% compared to 2016, Grupo Gay de Bahia also revealed that there were at least 58 suicides by LGBTI people in the past year.
The organisation said it is “worrying” that there has been such a dramatic increase in deadly hate crimes in Brazil, reaching an all-time high.
“Never have there ever been so many death in the 38 years that Grupo Gay de Bahia has collected and reported such statistics,” it stated.
“An LGBT person is barbarously murdered or commits suicide every 19 hours, which makes Brazil the world champion of crimes against sexual minorities,” continued the group.
“More homosexuals are killed here than in any of the countries in the Middle East and Africa that have the death penalty for being LGBT.”
Around thirty percent of the victims were shot while 25 percent were stabbed. Two of the victims were decapitated.
While Brazil has a very high crime rate, the group says these murders were directly linked to homophobia or transphobia.
while Brazil is perceived as being a gay-friendly country, and LGBTI Brazilians have many rights, including marriage equality and adoption by gays and lesbians, homophobia and transphobia, often fueled by evangelical churches, still remains rampant in the country.