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Brazil Fined For Homophobic Chants During Copa America Opening But What About Mexico

The Copa America tournament has kicked off a week ago which means we are set for some exciting matches in the next few weeks. But the host nation, Brazil, has already run into some controversy. The Copa America hosts were hit with a $15,000 fine from the South American football governing body on Friday for homophobic chants by a handful of fans during the tournament’s opening match against Bolivia.

The fine came after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Bolivia back on June 14th.

Brazil was punished after some fans were reportedly heard chanting the Portuguese word “bicha”, which is slang for queer in Brazil, at Bolivia’s goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. The incident occurred during the host nations opening 3-0 victory in Sao Paulo on June 14.

According to Reuters, the chants weren’t the only reason the team was fined. The announced crowd of 46,000 at Morumbi stadium also lit flares in the grandstands. This action has previously been disallowed in soccer stadiums in Europe and has led to fines placed on teams in the past.

Even more homophobic chants were heard during Brazil’s match against Paraguay.

There were reportedly more homophobic chants heard on Thursday during Brazil’s quarterfinal match Paraguay at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This seems to be a growing issue in Brazilian soccer as the governing body of FIFA has previously fined the Brazilian soccer body for homophobic slurs being chanted in local stadiums.

The disciplinary part of South American football’s governing body Conmebol said the offensive chants infringed on a rule against “insults or attacks against the human dignity of other people or groups, for reasons of skin color, race, ethnicity, language, creed or origin.”It may come as no surprise if Brazil is once again fined after advancing in the tournament.

The Mexican national team was recently in hot water as well when fans used the term “puto” at the Gold Cup.

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FIFA has repeatedly come down on the Mexican national team and its fans for using the term “puto” during its matches. Earlier this month, Mexico fans were heard using the term multiple times during it’s Gold Cup opener against Cuba. FIFA fined Mexico’s soccer federation for “homophobic chants” at 11 different 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

While some say the term isn’t intended to be derogatory towards the LGBTQ+ community, FIFA doesn’t want it to be chanted at any of its matches. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last time we hear about teams getting fined for its chants. We only hope the same pressure will be put on the Mexico team for their homophobic chants as the Brazil team.

READ: These Chants Will Cost Soccer Teams a Lot of Money

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has remained a popular tourist destination as people seek out places with fewer restrictions. However, Mexico’s popular beach destination of Tulum apparently still has some restrictions – for LGBTQ folks – that the police are quick to enforce.

A Canadian couple was briefly detained by police for allegedly kissing on the beach.

Police in the popular resort town of Tulum, about 90-minutes south of Cancun, briefly arrested a gay couple for kissing in public on a beach, alleging that the couple was not allowed to kiss in public because children were present.

According to local media reports, police said they were reacting to a report by someone else on the beach who had claimed that the men were “committing immoral acts.”

The couple were handcuffed together and ordered in to the back of a patrol vehicle until a crowd of onlookers formed and began to shout disapprovingly at police after one of the men explained to the crowd why they were being detained.

Outraged bystanders gathered around the couple and urged the police to let the men go.

The crowd began shouting in support of the couple, calling the actions homophobic and demanding the couple’s release.

The pressure from the crowd apparently prompted officers to release the men after a few minutes of dialogue. The presence of Escalante herself might also have been a factor.

In response to the arrest, Quintana Roo Tulum Police said: ‘We are an inclusive and impartial police both for residents and tourists who visit the state of Quintana Roo. So no abuse of authority will be tolerated.’

Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media with outrage being the common reaction.

Video and photos of the arrest went viral after on social media accounts, including that of local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who denounced the actions of the officers. Escalante happened to be at the beach with her family when she noticed the officers approach the couple, she said, and joined the crowd to advocate for the couple’s release.

“I want to file a PUBLIC COMPLAINT, because the treatment and type of authorities we have in our municipality is inexcusable. Yesterday while I was on the beach with my family, we noticed around 4:30 that 2 police squads in their ATVs approached a group of young foreigners. After about 20 minutes, a patrol arrived and proceeded to arrest them with handcuffs,” she explained on TikTok.

“The policemen were VIOLENT,” Morales added, “and gave arguments such as ‘there are families and children and they cannot be seeing this. I am FURIOUS because it is not possible that in the XXI century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community continues. We all deserve the same treatment, and appropriate sanctions must be applied to these authorities.”

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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We always knew there was a reason that Pedro Pascal was one of the internet’s favorite boyfriends. He has always radiated an energy of warmth and kindness–turns out he also walks the walk.

On Tuesday, Pedro Pascal took to Instagram to support his sister, Lux Pascal, who recently came out as a trans woman.

On his Instagram page, Pascal shared a picture of his sister on the cover of Spanish-language Chilean magazine, Ya. The caption read: “Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux.”

In an interview with Ya magazine, Lux Pascal opened up about how supportive Pedro has been of her transition.

Lux explained that Pedro “has been an important part of [my transition].” Lux, who is currently studying acting at Juilliard, says that Pedro was able to be a “guide” to her because of his artistic spirit.

“He’s also an artist and has served as a guide for me,” she said. “He was one of the first people to gift me the tools that started shaping my identity.”

But her brother wasn’t the only one that was very accepting of her decision to transition. Lux explained that her transition has been “been something that’s very natural for everyone” in her family.

And like many folks who are gender non-conforming, her family seemed to have known ahead of time. “It’s almost something that they expected to happen,” she said.

Lux revealed to Ya that, for a number of years, she identified as non-binary. But she eventually realized that she actually identifies as a woman.

“Moving through the world as a woman is much more simple for me, but I still advocate for nonbinary identities to have a space in society,” she explained. While she says that existing as a woman was the right decision for her, she still “advocates for nonbinary identities to have a space in society.”

Lux is also passionate about LGBTQ activism, saying that the world needs trans activists who are good, smart, informed, and who can be strong voices against transphobia, homophobia and racism.”

When asked if she feels discomfort at seeing images of herself before her transition, Lux said, “I don’t feel anxiety when I see old photos of mine. The same happens to me with theater: I see someone who was doing what they liked.”

As for her new name (she was previously known by the name “Lucas”), Lux said she didn’t want to lose the meaning of her old name, which meant “he who brings the light.”

She looked to one of her favorite movies for inspiration. “One of the characters in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’ was named ‘Lux’ which is light in Latin,” she said. “I was pleased with my childhood memory and that my previous name had signified something I was looking for myself.”

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