A majority in Brazil’s Supreme Court has voted in favour of making homophobia and trans-phobia crimes.
Six out of 11 judges voted to consider discrimination against gays and transgender people equivalent to racism.
Brazil has the world’s biggest Catholic population but also a growing number of young, educated urban liberals who are eager to fight for gay and trans rights.
The country legalised same-sex marriage in 2013 and LGBT couples have also been given the right to adopt.
Last year, 420 LGBT people were killed across Brazil, one of the most violent countries in the world, according to Grupo Gay Da Bahia.