| Tuesday, December 20, 2005
| BRAZIL OH BRAZIL!!!
|Transvestite bathrooms may become law in Brazilian city.
RIO DE JANEIRO,Brazil -
For most, it's choice of the men's room or the women's. A Brazilian city is trying to give an option to those who don't fit easily into either category.
A bill passed by the Nova Iguacu city council this week would require nightclubs, shopping malls, movie theatres and large restaurants to provide a third type of bathroom for transvestites.
Mayor Lindberg Farias will decide whether to make it a law.
"A lot of lawmakers did'nt want to deal with this issue, but it's a serious problem in society", said Councilman Carlos Eduardo Moreira.
Unwanted in either washroom.
Morena, a 32 year old policeman on leave from the force, said he got the idea when dozens of transvestites showed up for a samba show.
"It was a real problem. The women did'nt feel comfortable having them in the ladies room, and themen did'nt want them in their bathroom either," said Moreira, the father of two children. "I'm not doing this for my own benefit".
He said the "alternative bathrooms", could also be used by men or women who did'nt mind sharing space with transvestites.
Moreira said there are nearly 28,000 transvestites in Nova Iguacu, a poor city of about 800,000 on theoutskirts of Rio De Janeiro.
Gays split on issue
Moreira denied that the cost of building a third bathroom would be a big problem for restaurant or club owners. "It requires an initial investment, but after that, the establishment will end up making more money because it will have a larger public. And transvestites like to spend". he said.
The issue has divided gay groups, some feared it could segregate gays, while others said it recognized a problem.
"At first we were against the law, but after some discussion we decided we had to support it," said Eugenio Ibiapino dos Santos, a founder of the Pinck Triangle Association.
Brazilians, take good care of your health, as there could soon be a ban on death.
BIRITIBA MIRIM, Brazil --
There's nomore room to bury the dead, they can't be cremated, and laws forbid a new cemetery. So the mayor of this Brazilian farm town has proposed a solution: OUTLAW DEATH.
Mayor Roberto Pereira da Silva's proposal to the town council asks residents to "Take good care of your health in order not to die" and warns that "infractors will be held responsible for their acts."
The bill, which sets nopenalty for passing way, is menat to protest a federal alw that has barred a new or expanded cemetery in Biritiba Mirim, a town of 28,000 people 45 miles east of Sao Paolo.
"Of course the bill is laughable, unconstitutional, and will never be approved", said Gilson Soares de Campos, an aide to the mayor. "BUt can you think of a better marketing strategy ... to persuade the government to mdify the environmental legislation that is barring us from building a new cemetery".
(Source: Associated Press)
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