Belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community, as is the case of this reporter who writes here, is to walk a journey of pride, but also of struggle for respect and contact with some insecurities in situations that can, in the blink of an eye, reflect the homophobia that still surrounds us.
Professor Gustavo Porcino’s outburst on Facebook went viral in the last days of September and shows this when he reveals that he was surprised by an avalanche of questions from his students about his supposed girlfriend and, later, by the reception when revealing his sexual orientation.
At the time, the students did not know that Gustavo is engaged to a man and this led the professor to try to get rid of the constant questions about their relationship. “The fateful day has arrived. I’m calmly teaching class, when in the middle of a division the following question arises: ‘teacher, are you dating?’ and ‘what’s your girlfriend’s name?’, two such simple questions but for some that send a chill down your spine (and I include myself in that one)”, he wrote in the publication.
But the students kept trying to find out. They asked what the name was, asked for the first letter to try to guess, the hair color and even joked that they told everything to the teacher and he didn’t even want to say who his girlfriend was. “Until so many female names, I hear from the end of the room ‘Is it VICTOR?’. I said yes and waited for the reaction”, remembers Gustavo.
The affection when least expected
At this time, a series of possible homophobic situations pass through our mind, with the most painful comments we’ve ever heard and we could run into again. But the teacher was surprised by the respect of the little ones, hearing worried questions about her fiance liking that class and whether they could ever meet him.
“The next question was: ‘does he teach here?’, ‘is he a teacher too?’, ‘does he bring him here for us to meet’, ‘does he like us?’ I felt a tranquility that didn’t fit me. Children aged ten, eleven, already understand that love exists regardless of sex. Nobody was shocked because they were two men, but they were worried if Victor would like them and if he would one day go there”, says Gustavo in the publication.
The professor also reflected on how much the world still deprives us of the freedom to demonstrate love, regardless of its form. But for minors, the situation tends to be simpler. Also, to calm Gustavo’s heart even more, he received an affectionate poster from his student Lívia, celebrating the couple. Love wins!
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