RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A politician with a career spanning almost two decades, despite being only 36 years old, Eduardo Leite (PSDB, Brazilian Social Democracy Party) had never mentioned his sexual orientation until he was the target of homophobic attacks during the 2018 campaign.
At the time he was forced to refute a fake news story that portrayed one of his brothers as an alleged boyfriend in a grossly manipulated photo. But it was not until three years later, in early July 2021, that he publicly declared his homosexuality in a nationally televised interview.
The announcement occurred in parallel with . . .
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