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If it wren’t captured on video, it would be hard to imagine the kind of terror 42-year-old Dandara dos Santos felt during her last moments

Over the past two decades Latin America has taken the lead in legislative rights for LGBTs, yet there are more killings of LGBT people throughout Latin America than there are in the 12 countries and territories in Africa and Asia, where homosexuality is punishable by death. Eimhin O’Reilly reports on a brutal ‘anti-pink tide’ that’s sweeping across Latin America.
Francisca Ferreira de Vasconcelos showing a photo of her murdered daughter, Dandara dos Santos.

On February 15, 2017, Dandara dos Santos was dragged from her home in the outskirts of Fortaleza, a sprawling seaside city in Brazil’s northeast, by five men. Her attackers were so sure that they would get away with their actions, they filmed their attack on a mobile phone. For five long minutes, they can be seen subjecting Dandara to verbal abuse and physical torture.

Eventually, the cameraman can be heard urging the men to “kill the faggot”. In spite of her pleas for mercy, Dandara is then dragged across the rough cobblestones and tossed limply into a wheelbarrow. The video ends there.

Her body was later found in a nearby alleyway. She had been shot twice in the head, which they then crushed with a rock. Dandara was murdered because she was trans.

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It’s our bumper Pride issue and we’ve got so much in store for you, we hardly know where to start! First up on our cover are the gorgeous Glória, Dublin’s lesbian and gay choir and star donators to our GCN30 exhibition Fundit campaign, who talk to us about being one great big alternative family. It’s appropriate, since the Dublin Pride theme this year is ‘We Are Family’ and in keeping we talk to groups of friends who consider each other kin, while Justin McAleese talks about our need for solidarity as the Pope’s visit to the World Meeting on Families excludes LGBT families. We remember the tragic murder of Declan Flynn, which sparked the first gay rights march in Ireland, and reflect on the situation facing LGBTs in Latin America, where brutal murders take place every day. We get educated on Intersex issues and talk to Minister Katherine Zappone about the governments LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, the first of it’s kind in the world. Plus Rupert Everett talks to us about his love for Oscar Wilde and growing older as a totally out actor. And that’s just the beginning of what’s on offer. Get reading now!