Brazil is known for having a liberal society, which often displays attitudes of sexual openness and freedom of expression. However, when it comes to LGBTI people, Brazilian society can be discriminatory and intolerant. LGBTI people face high levels of discrimination and homophobic violence, including extreme violence such as murder.

Andréa Brazil
Economic empowerment & advocacy

Through the eyes of a trans activist

To celebrate Transgender Visibility Month, we share the story of a trans activist who joined our small business course and became a member of our Brazil team.

Material de divulgação do nosso treinamento
Economic empowerment & advocacy

LGBTI inclusion in the labour market in Brazil

Since 2015, more than 230 employees in Brazil were trained by MRI on LGBT inclusion in the labour market. Find out more about these training’s and their impacts so far.

Empreendedores LGBT formados pela MRI
Economic empowerment & advocacy

31 new LGBTI entrepreneurs trained in Brazil

31 students graduated from MRI’s 4th course. Find out about the course, the newly created businesses and challenges for LGBT entrepreneurship in Brazil

Pink at work
Economic empowerment & advocacy

Pink At Work

PINK AT WORK is an online platform of products and services offered by LGBT entrepreneurs.

LGBTI Diversity at the Rio Olympics
Economic empowerment & advocacy

LGBTI diversity at the Rio Olympics

In the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil’s team was led by a trans model, symbolising the event’s focus on inclusion of sexual and gender diversity. MRI was part of this story.

Economic empowerment & advocacy

Entrepreneurship can lead to LGBTI inclusion

At a press conference on 15th August MRI launched a new publication compiling some of the success stories of socioeconomic inclusion and empowerment of LGBT people in the fight against homo and transphobia, due to Micro Rainbow’s poverty reduction activities in Brazil.

Economic empowerment & advocacy

LGBTI entrepreneurship

Micro Rainbow launches a pioneering publication, “LGBT Entrepreneurship: case studies of socioeconomic empowerment in Rio de Janeiro between 2015-2017”.

Economic empowerment & advocacy

Winners of an entrepreneurship award in Brazil

The Micro Rainbow Brazil Project received the Láurea CAF 2017 award, which acknowledges the best initiatives in support of micro entrepreneurship in Brazil promoted by

Economic empowerment & advocacy

NGLCC Global 5th LGBT Summit of the Americas

Toronto, Canada 14 June 2017 On June 14, MRI’s Project Manager from Brazil, Lucas Paoli Itaborahy joined Lee Badgett from the Williams Institute on a

Economic empowerment & advocacy

Strengthening LGBTI entrepreneurship in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil registers high rates of violence against LGBTI people every year. Pressure from activists to criminalizing trans/homophobia and regulate rights has been facing strong resistance

Lucas Paoli e o deputado Jean Wyllys
Economic empowerment & advocacy

Celebrating IDAHOT 2015 in Brazil’s National Congress

Celebrating 2015 IDAHOT by participating in the XII LGBT Seminar in Brazil’s National Congress. At this seminar we pre-launched the Portuguese version of our study LGBT people living in poverty in Rio de Janeiro.