In Niterói (RJ), councilor accused of homophobia is removed

The Psol removed the councilor Paulo Eduardo Gomes from the exercise of his mandate in the City Council of Niterói (RJ) for a period of 60 days. In early July, Gomes was accused of committing acts of sexism and lesbophobia against councilor Verônica Lima (PT) during a meeting inside the Legislative House.

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At the time, the councilor reported the case minutes later in the Plenary of the Chamber and on social networks. According to Verônica, during an argument, Paulo Eduardo said that if she wanted to “be a man”, he would then treat her “like a man”. The councilor stated that Gomes tried to embarrass her for her sexual orientation.

This Monday (2), Veronica wrote on social networks that “lesbophobics will not pass”. She also said that political gender violence is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. “We need to build effective measures so that cases do not recur and that women parliamentarians exercise their mandates in peace. We demand justice!”

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In an interview with TV Globo, the PT councilor questioned the Psol sanction of Paulo Eduardo Gomes. According to her, “two months of prep courses” for a councilor of such age and political experience are not enough. Gomes will take some courses on racism, sexism and homophobia.

Also on Monday (2), the day that marks the return of the City Council of Niterói to legislative work, Regina Bienenstein took over Gomes’ vacancy as alternate to exercise the position of councilor. Regina is a professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and one of her main agendas is the right to housing in the city.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Eduardo Miranda

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