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Other Main Cities/Resorts
Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Recife
Scene and Culture
Brazil is becoming ever tolerant of homosexuality and flourishing gay scenes exists in most of the main cities. In 2005 Sao Paulo hosted the Wolds biggest gay pride event with an estimated 2 million marchers!
The gay scene is centred in Rio and Sao Paulo where you will find many western style bars, clubs and saunas. Theres a great gay section on Ipanema beach in Rio. Even smaller cities like Salvador have lots going on.
There is also a strong culture of transvestism which is an accepted part of Brazilian life. Each year during the Rio Carnival there is the Scala Gay Ball which is a national televised event. We discovered that the Ball was actually a transvestite Ball with not many gays in evidence.
All in all we think Brazil is a fabulous destination for gay tourists to be strongly recommended. The only down side is the crime in big cities so be careful!
Gay Age of Consent
Lesbian Age of Consent
Straight Age of Consent
Homosexual behaviour between consenting adults is not a criminal offence, except with regard to the Armed Forces. Brazil decriminalised most homosexual acts in 1823. Although homosexuality is not illegal, the police use the pretext of "safeguarding morality and public decency" and "preventing outrageous behaviour" to stop, arrest, and bring gays to trial.
Anti-discrimination measures have improved hugely in recent years with over 70 Brazilian cities and towns, three states and the federal capital district [Brasilia] now protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination. Among them are the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and the states of Bahia, Sergipe and Matto Grosso.
Partnership rights only exist inthe Southern state of Rio Grande do Sul though there has been strong lobbying for this to be extended throughout the counntry.
Brazil is a huge country and has a tropical and subtropical climate characterized by high temperatures and moderate to heavy rainfall. When to visit will be determined by where you go. The south will be best November to March whereas you can go to Rio any time of the year with February being the hotest month.
The geography of the country divides it into four climatic regions. The Amazon basin which has no dry season and is typically tropical. Secondly, the Brazilian Plateau which has a more distinct wet and dry season, and is susceptible to prolonged drought. Then there is the coastal belt which has a hot tropical climate and finally the south which has a seasonal temperate climate. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year and the nationwide average annual precipitation varies between 1,010 mm and 2,030 mm. Average temperature ranges in Rio de Janeiro are from 17c to 24c in July to 23c to 29c in February