In recent years, the political context surrounding Brazil has been characterised by corruption and a rapidly declining economy. The recent imprisonment of beloved former president Lula da Silva- who, according to NACLA, left office with an approval rating of over 80%- has undermined the public trust in government. With the economy recently emerging from a recession and unemployment rates recorded at highs of 13% by IBGE, it is no wonder that Brazil has drifted away from the central parties in the recent election. With promises to stamp out political corruption and to improve security amidst rampant violent crime, it is not difficult to understand the appeal of Bolsonaro. The blunt honesty of his politics is attractive in such turmoil. Benjamin Junge, a Fulbright fellow at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, proffers that Brazilians have "a kind of cultural image of themselves as playful, lovable troublemakers," and they see Bolsonaro’s racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments as an extension of that cultural trait. Yet, to not consider the impact this will have on the LGBTQIA+ and other minority communities, in Brazil and globally, would be the height of ignorance and privilege. In Brazil, the LGBTQIA+ community face extreme hatred and animosity. Violent hate crime against the LGBTQIA+ community has increased by 30% in the last year alone. According to Grupo Gay de Bahia, a watchdog for the LGBTQIA+, there were 445 people who died as a result of hate-motivated crimes. The newly elected President is not only complicit but actively participates in the spread of anti-gay sentiment. The President has a long history of publicly supporting anti-LGBTQIA+ discourse. In 2017, Bolsonaro had to pay a fine of R $ 150,000 for hate speech. In 2013, on BBC TV programme Out There, Bolsonaro stated that "no father would ever take pride in having a gay son." In 2002, Bolsonaro stated that "if I see two men kissing on the street, I'll beat them up." After the Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage, Bolsonaro claimed that "It's a mess. The next steps are the adoption of children and the legalization of paedophilia." The impacts of such discourse from an elected official are far-reaching. The hateful rhetoric Bolsonaro publicly supports legitimises and engenders the hostility shown to the LGBTQIA+ community by the more traditional, evangelical supporters in Brazil. Already, brutal attacks against the LGBTQIA+ community are occurring. One incident saw a 19-year-old woman in the Porto Alegre region, who was carrying an LGBTQIA+ flag and an anti-Bolsonaro sticker, attacked by a member of a far-right association. A swastika was carved onto her body. Outside of Brazil, Bolsonaro has enjoyed the support of other right-wing leaders across the globe. Trump publicly congratulated the President on his inauguration and Bolsonaro has seen similar support from the French President Macron. Putin and Matteo Salvini have also congratulated Bolsonaro on the recent election result. It seems to be a trend for countries to slip into authoritarianism, as seen in Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Egypt, and the Philippines in recent years. This undeniably raises the question about the future of minority rights, including those of the LGBTQIA+ community. The growing popularity of right-wing politics internationally brings the protection of these communities, and their rights, into question. It seems with the upcoming celebration of LGBTQIA+ history month, the future of the community and their safety, is becoming increasingly more uncertain and bleak.