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Homophobic attacks increase in seemingly gay-friendly Brazil
Homophobic attacks increase in seemingly gay-friendly Brazil

Sheylla Lopes, a 19-year-old transgender woman, was walking down the street, talking on her cellphone when without warning a man came up from behind and slapped her in the face. Lopes says the daytime attack in central Sao Paulo, which knocked her phone to the ground, was relatively minor, something she expected might happen when she began to dress and live as a woman several years ago. She was more concerned, she said, about what could happen to her while plying her trade as a sex worker. "We face every type of risk. We've all heard about attacks on friends or colleagues close by," says Lopes, who prefers not to discuss the masculine name she had early in life. "We...

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