Two of Brazil’s biggest actors locked lips at Brazil’s GQ Men of the Year Awards in Rio de Janeiro to protest homophobia and machismo.
Bruno Gagliasso and João Vicente de Castro, bother heterosexual, sent Brazilian social media into a frenzy after their kiss went viral.
Gagliasso shared a still of the kiss to his Instagram account, dedicating the kiss to all the ‘macho card-carriers, hypocritical and prejudiced’, to show there’s nothing wrong with showing ‘our affection and love’ for another man.
The actor, who has a long history of supporting LGBT rights and had played a gay character on a Brazilian soap opera, said that they wanted to use the kiss to challenge the nation’s views on what it means to be “macho.”
Gagliasso has previously said the “macho” image often portrayed on television has an unhealthy effect on both young straight and LGBT Brazilians.
While same-sex marriage was officially legalized in Brazil in 2014, an estimated 216 LGBT people were murdered because of their sexuality. Thirty-five percent of victims were transgender, 59% of those were gay and 4% were lesbians.
Watch the kiss below: