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Dec 07, 2007 Quickie Link: Brazil's President Announces First Gay Rights Confab
By vanrozenheim

(Brazil) - Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced last week that he will convene the first-ever national LGBT conference in South America's largest country. The conference, which will have the theme "Human Rights and Public Politics: The Way to Guarantee Citizenship to Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals," will take place next May 9-11 and include 18 private organizations and 16 government agencies. "There are countries with more advanced legislation and policies, but this will be the first time that a federal government convenes a complete conference," said Brazilian gay rights activist Julian Rodrigues.

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