Of the Latin American nations, Brazil and Uruguay stand out as shining examples of progress. While there is much work to be done, it bears mentioning Uruguay enacted civil unions and that the Brazilian city of São Paulo annually holds the record-breaking world's largest gay pride festival - with attendees approaching three million!
And now the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva [pictured, right], has gone on national television in his country to speak up for LGBT rights. Da Silva is quoted as telling his fellow Brazilians on TV Brasil:
"There are men living with men, women living with women, and many times they live a balanced and even extraordinary life... The one thing that really bothers me is the fact the the politicians who are against civil unions never refuse a gay vote, and the state (which denies gays of civil unions) does not refuse taxes paid by homosexuals. Why is that? The only thing that matters is that these individuals are Brazilian citizens, and respect the Constitution. The rest is up to them, and I am in favor of civil unions."
Click here to read a roundup of the story in English, and here for readers in Portuguese. It's wonderful to see progress on all fronts, and in other nations. Imagine if we here in the States had a president who was willing to proclaim their support for LGBT equality. Perhaps one day it will happen.