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Rio’s club security guards charged with assault by LGBT group

A case of aggression against gays, lesbians and transsexuals who participated as VIP guests at a party on Sunday morning at the Monte Líbano Club in Lagoa will be investigated by the Civil Police and is being accompanied by the Special Coordination of Sexual Diversity (CEDS) Rio. The group of eight people were reportedly beaten by security guards after a mess near the stage where the drag que in Pabllo Vittar was performing. The party was organized by the Medicine course of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to be a show with an inclusive profile and diversity of genres, bringing together militants of the Rio de Janeiro LGBT movement and university students.

The 27-year-old environmental consultant, who preferred not to have the name published, said the assaults happened around 2:30 am. According to him, a member of a collective that manages Casa Nem, in Lapa – a reference institution for the reception of transsexuals, transgenders and transvestites in a situation of vulnerability – the security guards began to throw punches and kicks when they tried to climb on the stage.

– We were invited to the party. We stayed in a VIP area and there was a commitment from the organizers that we would get on stage at Pabllo Vittar’s performance. When we tried to climb, we ended up barred. The confusion began only when a security guard, without cause, punched a transsexual’s face, “the environmental consultant said.

According to the victims, it was not only a violent aggression, but an explicit case of homophobia, transphobia and lesbophobia.

“I have no doubt that the aggression of the security guards was moved by a clear case of lgbtfobia. Do you believe that the assaults would occur the way they did if we were a group of middle-class and white girls in our place? It was a case of lgbtfobia – said the boy who was taken to Miguel Couto Hospital and then lodged a complaint in the 14th DP (Leblon).

Civil police from the 14th DP reported yesterday that they have registered the case as a bodily injury and are investigating. The images of the club’s security cameras, the list of everyone present and the party’s security guards have been requested to try to identify the perpetrators.

– Even though it was a party that promised to be inclusive, the group was attacked by security guards who were supposed to take care of everyone’s well-being, said lawyer Maria Eduarda Aguiar from the Pela Vidda group.

All the victims will gather to seek support tomorrow at 4 pm with the Special Coordinator of Sexual Diversity of the municipality, Nélio Geogini, and the Coordinator of Rio No Homophobia, Fabiano Abreu, at the City Palace in Botafogo.

“We will collect and follow a rigid investigation of the case and that the guilty parties will be punished,” said Nélio Geogini.

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