8 Dec. 2016
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A multi-coloured gay pride flag hangs in a corner of a bare room in an abandoned Sao Paulo art deco building that was once the headquarters of Brazil's social security agency. The room is home to several members of Brazil's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community seeking refuge from discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT people. They were invited to join some 300 squatters who have been living in the building for several months in an occupation organised by Front in the Fight for Housing, an activist group promoting rights of some 400,000 people without decent housing in Sao Paulo. Brazil has one of the world's highest rates of LGBT hate crimes, despite a reputation for sexual tolerance. The country recognised same-sex marriage in 2013 and hosts some of the world's largest gay pride festivals. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "LGBT BRAZIL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.