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How did a far-right, pro-torture, dictatorship-praising populist become Brazil’s President-elect in 2018? Originally from Brazil but now living in Ireland, Guilherme Souza talks about the situation back home.

Brazil is going through one of the worst crises in its history since the civil-military coup and the establishment of dictatorship in 1964. On October 28, in the second round of the Presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, a Brazilian politician and retired military officer obtained a dramatic 55 percent of the total votes against Fernando Haddad’s 44 percent to become the new Presidentelect of Brazil.

But how did it reach that point? Before that momentous occurrence, Bolsonaro served as a member of the Chamber of Deputies, representing the state of Rio de Janeiro since 1991. During those 27 years in congress, he was a mostly marginal figure who made occasional headlines with his extreme views on the LGBT+ community, minorities and women.

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We’re closing our 30th anniversary celebrations with a bang, celebrating the year of the activist. With that in mind, we arranged for community leaders to speak to the next generation of trailblazers as both sides share their experiences. A Brazilian writer living in Ireland takes a look at his home country following the election of Bolsonaro, while Marty St Clair, one of the scientists behind the discovery of AZT, speaks about the beginnings of the battle against HIV and AIDS. Frank McDonald stops by to talk about his recently released memoirs. There’s an essential look at mental health in the queer community, and the people behind the awesome Dublin Lesbian Line tell us their plans for the future. You can also expect a roundup of a momentous year for LGBTQI+ folk and your community magazine. We couldn’t have done it without you, dear readers!