Lauren Jauregui, Halsey & More Rally Against Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro: 'Stay Strong'

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Lauren Jauregui attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Jair Bolsonaro officially won the Brazilian presidential election yesterday (Oct. 28) in what has been described as one of the most fraught elections in Brazil's history.

An extremist right-wing candidate dubbed by some as the “Donald Trump of Brazil,” the former Brazilian congressman and military leader has been met with controversy for his contentious views on women, the LGBTQ community, gun control, and on Brazil’s history of dictatorship. Still, he won with a decisive, ten-point lead against his main opponent -- Fernando Haddad, the former mayor of São Paulo -- in the runoff election that took place yesterday.

Artists and celebrities, including Lauren Jauregui, Halsey, Michelle Visage, Aja, Rina Sawayama, Raymond Braun, Indya Moore, Pabllo Vittar, Gloria Groove, and Aretuza Lovi, have taken to social media to pledge their opposition to Bolsonaro’s election and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community -- who have been the target of many of Bolsonaro’s attacks. 

“Praying for all my Brazilian loves..especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community,” Jauregui tweeted. Brazilian drag icon Pabllo Vittar also took to Instagram for a rallying cry, sharing a picture of a rainbow along with the caption “Eu resisto” (“I resist”) soon after Bolsonaro’s victory was announced, while fellow Brazilian queen Aretuza Lovi shared her own message of resistance. “Resistir sempre,” (“Always resist”) she wrote on Twitter. “Agora mais que nunca.” (“Now more than ever.”)

Check out all of the messages of support and solidarity below.


// eu resisto -- via @love.watts

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