Fox News - As Brazil prepares for its annual spring carnival festivities, there is disagreement over a proposal that places toilets in samba schools that are designated for exclusive use by gay and transvestite participants. One of the top Rio de Janeiro samba schools preparing for the March 4-9 event: Unidos de Tujuca, has protesters reminiscent of the forced separation between whites and blacks, MyFoxNY reports. "They are carnival apartheid!" said Claudio Nascimento, the head of Brazil’s anti-homophobia program. But supporters of the segregated toilets argue that they provide a safe area for their users. "I don't see any problem," said Iran Araujo, Rio's carnival director who also heads cultural programs for the Independent League of Samba Schools.
Here's a question, who are the straight people protesting for the right to use "gay and transvestite" designated bathrooms? Me thinks these people may just need to come out of the closet. I'm no homophobe, but I think as a straight man during an event like Carnival I'd appreciate knowing which bathrooms were designated for alternative use and which ones weren't. They aren't proposing this full time, just during the festivities. Carnival isn't just some normal event, with normal spectators and participants, have you seen pictures of Carnival? Its a full on freak fest, straight and gay people alike. I think wanting a little heads up about the bathroom you're about to walk into isn't too much to ask just to avoid confusion.