Gay Country Rank: 21/193

Brazil is a large country with a vibrant and active gay scene. The Brazilian guys are hot and they know how to party. While the destination to be is certainly Rio, there are other areas of the country that are quaint and offer a lot for the gay traveler. Gay rights are coming quickly to Brazil, and acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle has never been greater. If you enjoy great weather, sun and surf, and more than enough great looking guys to go around, then this is your place!

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Gay rights in Brazil   - Visit countries that support the gay community

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes
Equal age of consent Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in employment Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas Yes
Same-sex marriage Yes
Recognition of same-sex couples Yes
Stepchild adoption by same-sex couples Yes
Joint adoption by same-sex couples Yes
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals allowed to serve in the military Yes
Transgender allowed to serve in the military Yes
Right to change legal gender Yes
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No


Rio de Janeiro - Latin America's main gay Mecca, Rio has been chosen as the sexiest gay destination in 2010 by TripOut Gay Travel Awards. In 2009 it was elected as the best lesbigay global destination. Has its famous gay beach. During colonial times, the first gay ball of the Americas took place in Rio, in 1757. However, in spite of all this, Rio is far from being exactly a paradise of LGBT tolerance. Outside the traditional gay points of Farme de Amoedo street in Ipanema and parts of Copacabana, same-sex displays of affection are likely to attract looks, whistles and other forms of mockery. More than that - true hate violence - is rare and unlikely, but not impossible. Also, don't mistake the fact that locals often wear little clothing for sexual liberalness; it only means that people tend to be informal. Rio is actually much more conservative than it appears at first sight, and machismo is prevalent in local culture, which shouldn't be surprising in the city with the largest populations of elderly and military people in Brazil. That said, the wealthy southern ocean front beach area, where most tourists stay, is far more liberal than the poorer northern suburbs, and serious incidents are unlikely.

São Paulo - Home to the world's largest gay pride festival, with some 3 million participants annually, São Paulo also has an extremely lively and open gay scene, with dozens of big gay clubs and businesses, and a traditional meeting point (especially for bears and more mature gay men) at Vieira de Carvalho avenue in downtown. Paulista Avenue also always has a lot of gays and lesbians walking and cruising all the time; so do Ibirapuera Park and some shopping malls like Frei Caneca. Local culture tends to value privacy and not fussing around other people's lives, so there is significant social tolerance, especially among educated people. Still, odd looks and mockery can occur, and there have been a few cases of serious violent attacks by self-styled "skinheads" on gay and even just seemingly gay men, especially in the Paulista Avenue area and on weekend nights and early mornings. The State of São Paulo has a law against discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, which can theoretically mean heavy fines to offenders, but police and other authorities are often non-cooperative and/or unaware of the law's existence, and it can be hard to ensure that it is enforced should something occur. The City of São Paulo administration has a Coordination for Sexual Diversity and they can be more helpful; so can the city's many and very active LGBT NGOs.
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