Manuel, in his own words: “I really do not think too much about (being gay)… it’s part of me, it’s what it is, it’s who I am.
(With regards to successes) Personally: long term relations
Professionally: I have achieved what I proposed myself to be/ do
(With regards to challenges:) To stay true to myself and to my beliefs.
I really didn’t have (a coming out story). I have never lied about my sexual orientation, didn’t need to. First because I believe my sexual life only matters to me and to whom I’m with, and second, because I feel very comfortable with it.
It’s very comfortable to be gay in Lisbon, people are gay friendly (most of them there are many places to go to, mixed and gay, it’s not as strict and rigid, as in some other countries, people normally do get very comfortable and enjoy being with everybody. It’s a gay friendly city.
(Advice to my younger self) Always be yourself, try not to think of what others may think of you, of your sexual orientation, it’s part of you, but shouldn’t be what defines you. You are much more than that. Make others respect you for what you are, not only for what your sexual orientation is.”