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Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation.
Sao Paulo’s stock market, meanwhile, jumped 3.56 percent to a record closing of 91,012 points as new Cabinet ministers reinforced the intent to privatize state-owned companies and a Brazilian arms maker benefited from Bolsonaro’s plans to loosen gun controls. Similar spikes in stock prices also occurred during the presidential campaign.
LGBT activist Symmy Larrat told The Associated Press she doesn’t’ expect reasonable treatment from the Bolsonaro administration.
“The human rights ministry discussed our concerns at a body called secretariat of promotion and defense of human rights. That body just disappeared, just like that. We don’t see any signs there will be any other government infrastructure to handle LGBT issues,” she said.
New Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo indirectly criticized the LGBT community as being “those that say they are not men and women.”
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A former research scientist alleges in a lawsuit against Eli Lilly and Co. that he was harassed and discriminated against because he is gay.
Jeffrey A. Willy says he “endured harassment, a hostile work environment, and discrimination.” He left the company in September 2018. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Indianapolis.
In one allegation Willy says a supervisor spoke derisively of homosexuals and used a homophobic slur.
Another allegation said that while waiting for an attendant to finish cleaning the men’s restroom, a co-worker told him to use the women’s restroom. “If all the weirdo transgenders are using whatever restroom they want to,” the co-worker is quoted as saying, “the rest of us might as well.”
A spokesman for Lilly issued a statement saying the company “can’t comment on the specifics of pending litigation.”
“Diversity and inclusion are vital foundations of Lilly’s culture,” the statement said. “Respect for people has long been one of our core Lilly values — understanding, respecting and valuing differences among our employees and the people we serve. We believe that an environment of equality and inclusion is critical to fulfill our purpose to make life better through our medicines.”
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