Brazilian squatters offer shelter from anti-gay violence

The Wider Image: Building a refuge from homophobia in BrazilBy Nacho Doce BOSTON (Reuters) – A multi-colored gay pride flag hangs in a corner of a bare room in an abandoned Sao Paulo art deco building that was once the headquarters of Brazil's social security agency. The room is home to several members of Brazil's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community seeking refuge from discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT people. "The occupation is a space where we can feel safe," Rodrigo, a tall shaven-headed gay man says as he strokes his black beard.

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