Experiences from Brazil

“I knew I was gay by the time I was nine years old. I was bullied, tormented at school but had to keep going every day to stop my mother being arrested. I went to seven different schools, because the teachers just did not know how to deal with me. I thought that being gay was a sin.

Through my first relationship I became HIV positive. Since I left school I studied philosophy and went on to become a teacher because I recognise how important school is in the life of a child and I wanted to make a difference to the lives of others in the same position. In my school, there’s a lot of indifference or else other teachers don’t know how to deal with homophobic bullying so they refer to me because I am more assertive and confident. I deal with it because I choose to focus on what I can do rather than on what I suffered.”

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