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Órion Lalli

HRD, Actor & Visual Artist

Órion Lalli is an actor, visual artist and LGBTIQ+ rights defender. He is well recognised for his work denouncing the discrimination experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS.

Órion is a freedom of expression activist and undertakes performances and actions to draw attention to the issues faced by the LGBTIQ+ population, such as the exclusion of non-normative bodies, the discourse against the public treatment of those living with HIV, as well as homophobic violence and the killing of transgender people. Órion is the winner of the award for best direction, lighting and choreography at the Salto City Drama Festival.

In 2020, he had his artwork censored in a museum in Rio de Janeiro. Because of this, the defender faced a lawsuit and was the target of a defamation campaign. As a direct result of his human rights work, Órion has been subject to a series of threats and online attacks.


The challenges and threats faced by human rights defenders in Brazil remain very high, particularly for those working on issues of land, environment, indigenous peoples, LGBTi rights, corruption and impunity. Many HRDs have experienced death threats, physical attacks, arbitrary arrests and lawsuits. The high number of killings is of particular concern and takes place against a background of widespread impunity.