Educational Policy and the Fight against Homophobia in Brazil

Felipe Bruno Martins Fernandes

PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Program in Gender Studies (Faculty of Human Sciences), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), CLAGS Scholar-in-Residence (2009-10).

In 2004, the Workers Party administration of President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva launched “Brazil without Homophobia,” an unprecedented program calling for the adoption of public policies to combat homophobia across federal ministries. This presentation will examine the agenda implemented by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, in which policies articulated various actors and institutions, including social movements, civil servants, and universities/academics. It will review major measures taken through vis-à-vis educational courses, seminars, the publication of teaching resources, evaluations, and national awards, as well as the political relations and tensions among these actors in the design and implementation of policies.