Target: Congressman Marco Feliciano
Goal: Demand that Feliciano step down from his position as a Congressman and Head of Human Rights and Minorities in Brazil.
Recently in Brazil, a peaceful gay rights protest turned violent and brutal when two bisexual women, Yunka Mihura and Joana Palhares, were manhandled and beaten after sharing a kiss at a public concert. Congressman and pastor Marco Feliciano, who was the host of the event, caught sight of the couple sharing the intimate moment and silently rallying for LGBT rights, and ordered the young women to leave immediately. He further went on to direct spotlights and television cameras to the arrest and to ridicule of Mihura and Palhares while he openly insulted them: “No use trying to run! Guards are headed [for you] now. This isn’t a place where anything goes. This is a house of God!”
The couple agreed to leave peacefully after individuals in the crowd suggested they do their best to escape quietly. But Mihura and Palhares were dragged off the shoulders of their friends and handcuffed by countless guards. Instead of being taken to squad cars, they were forced behind a black curtain and met with an angry mob of officers and guards. The two were shoved, smacked, punched repeatedly in the ribs and chest and thrown to the ground where guards continued the brutish treatment, calling them horrible names and laughing as if they enjoyed it. In an interview for The Advocate, Mihura told the website, “In the days afterwards, I could hardly touch my ribs I was in so much pain, and my arms and shoulders ached for a long time afterward, too.”
Ironically, Congressman Marco Feliciano is the head of Human Rights and Minorities in Brazil. However, he’s known more for his extreme hatred of homosexuals, people of color, and women than for rallying in favor of them. Feliciano even tried to propose and pass legislation which would allow Brazilian psychologists and psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease to be ‘cured.’
The publicly cultural event, as outlined by the press, was in no way a ‘house of God’ and there is no law against kissing, either. Yunka and Joana were wrongfully treated and the abuse they endured is unjustifiable and prejudiced. By signing this petition, you’ll demand that Marco Feliciano give up his position as Congressman and Head of Human Rights when he is so obviously a beacon of hatred and bigotry instead of hope and compassion.
Dear Congressman Marco Feliciano,
The peaceful protest by Yunka Mihura and Joana Palhares should have been just that, a peaceful protest, but your sexism and extreme abhorrence for the gay community turned the situation into a savage attack against two innocent women. As someone who has been given the responsibilities of a leader and voice for human and minority rights, your overly-zealous, religiously extreme beliefs are especially inappropriate. Your ethics, or lack thereof, are skewed and there was absolutely no reason why Yunka and Joana should have been treated as viciously as they were.
It is absolutely ridiculous and absurd that you occupy this position given your anti-gay, racist and sexist beliefs, and it affects your ability to be an effective leader of change and tolerance. This conflict of religion and government would be eradicated if you stepped down immediately from your undeserving position as Congressman and Head of Human Rights. It is quite obvious that a man of your intolerance and bias has no interest in this important subject, and no concern for the lives of those who are LGBT, people of color, or female.
I hope that you understand where you went wrong and that the case brought against you by Mihura and Palhares in the future results in your elimination from the political atmosphere of Brazil, which is known for its progressiveness and liberalism, forever.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Wikimedia via Agensia Brasil