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CURITIBA, BRAZIL, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – From May 12 to 16, homosexual leaders and groups from all Brazilian states – and representatives from the government, NGOs and international funding agencies and the media – met together in Curitiba, Brazil, to debate major issues, Julio Severo a pro-family activist in Brazil reports to LifeSiteNews.com.  The major discussion involved the “Brazil Without Homophobia” government program, the Brazilian resolution against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the UN, the approval of laws sympathetic to homosexuality in the Brazilian Congress, the influence of “homophobic religious fundamentalists” and allocation of funding for AIDS programs among homosexuals.  Severo, author of O Movimento Homossexual – an expose on the militant homosexual activist movement in the country, notes that the final paper of the meeting called for a plan to accomplish the following goals:  – Pressure the Brazilian government to guarantee the introduction of its Resolution on Non-Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation in the 61st meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2005.  – Support the Brazil Without Homophobia government program, so that it may be completely implemented by the government before the end of the Lula administration.  – Mobilize gay groups to confront religious intolerance before November 2006.  – Pressure cities and states to allocate funding and guarantee prevention actions and assistance for HIV/AIDS among gays.  Severo reports that the meeting was officially supported by the Human Rights Special Office of the Presidency of Republic of Brazil, the STDs and AIDS National Program of the Health Department, UNESCO, USAID, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Pathfinder of Brazil and other agencies.

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