“My father stopped giving me financial support because I am gay, and he despises me. I managed to keep studying at the university but for everything else I’m on my own. So I learned to draw. I got better at it. I started to paint on walls, furniture and now here I am.” This is the present life of 21-year-old João Neto from Cuiabá, Brazil, a man brave enough to do the scariest thing in a world knowing he might get rejected by his family. His fears came true, as his father turned his back on him. When Curious Doodle asked João Neto about his life, if things got any better, João replied: “I can say things have improved, I got some local jobs. Now I’m able to focus on my college too and produce new illustrations. The repercussion of twitter opened many doors.” After reading comments from people all around the world João found great support: “Even with some homophobic comments, [there’s] such beautiful positivity and good energy from the majority. They did not let me give up!!” His father remains rigid, but life keeps going forward for the young man in the 7th semester of a medical school striving to become both “doctor and artist.”
From what the situation was in 1985, now 35 years later noticeably had improved. Back then, 89% of Americans would not approve of their LGBT offspring. Today the Pew Center survey shows that 40% of LGBT adults in the US have been rejected by their family and friends, which is still completely unacceptable, but an improvement in time.
This is 21-year-old João Neto who strives to become both doctor and artist
A medical student João pays his bills thanks to his art
“I can say things have improved, I got some local jobs.”
“Now I’m able to focus on my college too and produce new illustrations.”