Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who once said he’d rather have a dead son than a gay one, falsely accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of encouraging homosexuality and masturbation among young children in a series of bizarre Facebook posts.
Bolsonaro made the claim, without citing a source, in a Facebook post he later deleted.
“This is the World Health Organization whose advice on coronavirus some people want me to follow,” he wrote in the post.
“Should we follow their education policy guidelines, too? For children zero to four years old: satisfaction and pleasure when touching their bodies, masturbation…. For children four to six years old: a positive gender identity… masturbation in early childhood, same-sex relations…. Nine to 12 years old: first sexual experience,” he added.
The allegations appeared to stem from social media posts that suggest the WHO encourages such practices among young children.
A Bolsonaro adviser, Arthur Weintraub, had earlier tweeted, “The WHO has guidelines recommending children zero to four years old be taught about ‘masturbation,’ ‘pleasure and enjoyment,’ ‘touching one’s body’ and ‘gender ideology.’ Is that right?”
“The origin of the information appeared to be a 2010 guide called ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe,’ published by Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education and the WHO’s European office,” reports ABS CBN. “Though not its main focus, the guide briefly explains that young children are typically discovering their bodies, and tells parents and educators that behavior such as touching oneself and curiosity about sexuality are normal in kids. But it does not call on them to encourage any of the behaviors mentioned by Bolsonaro.”
Last year, Bolsonaro warned gay tourists to stay away from his country because he did not want it to become a “gay tourism paradise.”
“If you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go for your life,” Bolsonaro said at a breakfast with journalists. “But we can’t let this place become known as a gay tourism paradise. Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism.”
“But we can’t let this place become known as a gay tourism paradise. Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families.”
He also shared a video on Twitter last year of a man urinating on another man during a Carnival celebration in an attempt to paint all LGBTQ people in a bad light.