Pedro, in his own words: “Being gay really doesn’t have a meaning for me…when I first came out it felt like something wrong, but now its just normal.
Challenges I had are always related to my academic life, living abroad, and being accepted into one of the best universities in Brasil. My acomplishments are being able to live a comfortable life and visiting many countries around the world doing my work, as a researcher.
The gay comunity in Campinas is very closed minded. You have to be like all of them and everybody talks about everybody. Gossip is the rule.
Coming out was hard. I suffered a lot because I thought it was something wrong, but with time I realized it was just another characteristic, like being left handed. So, with the help of my friends and family, I can accept it just fine.
(If I could talk to myself before coming out, I’d say) Come out, to your loved ones. And do it fast.”