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Coming Out in the Brazilian culture

Sunday, May 4, 2014
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Although Brazil has a reputation as a sex-positive country, Kelvin explains that when it comes to homosexuality, Brazilian families might not be as liberal as you’d think.

“(My parents started) reading all the conversations that I’d been having with my friends and were like, “What is this? What are you doing? What are you doing to us?” And at that point I was (in) a very fragile state, so I wasn’t really able to stand up for myself in the way that I would today.”

After his parents found out he is gay, Kelvin did what so many young LGBTQ people do: He lied his way back into the safety of the closet.

“Culturally in Brazil it’s a shock. I grew up hearing, ‘Oh, I don’t care about gay people, they’re fine, but if my son was gay, it would be a different story.’ So I always knew it was going to be a hard time to come out.”

This is Kelvin’s story:

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