Brazil’s first openly gay congressman flees overseas due to death threats

By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Jean Wyllys’s Twitter

Jean Wyllys, Brazil’s first openly gay congressman, announced his resignation from office and that he had left the country due to increasing death threats.

He told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper he was going to work in academia and had no plans to return to Brazil.

Mr Wyllis was elected to a third term in Parliament last October and has been Wyllys is an outspoken critic of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who is known too ften make homophobic comments, and claims that violence against LGBTQI people has increased since Bolsonaro’s election.

“Preserving a life under threat is also a strategy to fight for better days,” Mr Wyllys wrote on Twitter, with a link to the newspaper article.

A spokesperson for Mr Wyllys told Reuters that he would not give interviews for safety reasons, and would not reveal his current location.

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