Two bills presented in the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District (CLDF) attempt to prohibit the participation of children in LGBTQIA+ parades. Both texts are from district deputies of the Liberal Party (PL), Roosevelt and Thiago Manzoni, and were filed in sequence, this Wednesday (8/11).
Roosevelt wants to prohibit the participation of any child under the age of 12 in LGBTQIA+ parades, and mentions that “non-compliance with the law leads to the application of the sanctions provided for in the Child and Adolescent Statute”.
Manzoni’s text wants the ban to be valid for children under 14 years of age, providing for up to a fine of R$1,000 for event organizers for each child found participating in these events.
With speeches defending individual freedom and less State, the two PL parliamentarians call for government action against the entry of minors into so-called gay parades. Thiago Manzoni, in justifying the project, says that these events turned into an “ode to the aggression against traditional families, Christian denominations and, mainly, the early eroticization of society”.
Roosevelt assesses that, nowadays, there is a “distortion of this important social movement”. According to him, LGBTQIA+ parades promote “vulgarization and aggression against traditional families, religions, those with different political opinions and, mainly, the early eroticization of children and adolescents are the most exposed flags”.
Roosevelt is also the author of a bill that wants to ban the “holding of events that promote the use of illicit psychotropic drugs”. Manzoni also wants the State to establish the “Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism in the calendar of events in the Federal District”, and protocol a project that prohibits the requirement for proof of immunization protection against Covid-19 to carry out any act civil life or entry into any space.
This Tuesday morning (11/7), the João Pessoa City Council (PB) approved a similar bill, authored by councilor Tarcísio Jardim (PP), which prohibits the presence of children in the capital’s gay parade. The parliamentarian stated that the project aims to “protect children” from the event. Now, the text goes to Mayor Cícero Lucena (PP) for sanction.
After approval of the project, councilor Tarcício Jardim assessed that this type of event distorts children. “Children have to worry about playing, studying and spending time with family at home. Not being used as a sexual tool, events like this, in my opinion and that of several people, is not the appropriate place for children”, he stated.
The Public Ministry of Paraíba (MPPB) asked the mayor of João Pessoa to veto the text, proposed by the councilor and approved by the City Council. According to the 46th public prosecutor of the Capital, Fabiana Lobo, the text is based on a discriminatory premise against the LGBTQIA+ population and, therefore, is unconstitutional.
“This law was passed to directly attack the LGBTQIA+ population, demonstrating prejudice towards this population. If there are situations in the LGBTQIA+ parade, or in any other event, such as a carnival block, that are in fact outside the legal context, this act must be investigated in isolation. Now, taxing an event in general, such as an allegedly criminally transgressive event, is an act of discrimination. And our Federal Constitution does not allow for legislation like this,” he said.
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