Luís

A World Without Closets

My name is Luís. I have been working in this field of education against discrimination as a volunteer and as a professional for around ten years. Maybe I ended up in this field because I had a personal history of discrimination. I have lived exclusion in school, been bullied because I was “different” and I am also part of a minority as a gay man. I have used my life story many times in the context of my work. I “came out of the closet” countless times, intentionally creating an opportunity for others to get to know an openly gay person. Often it was told to me it was the first time they had the chance to meet a gay person. I would add: “the first time they had the chance to meet a gay person… that would openly say it”. Today, I am tired. Tired of “coming out of the closet”. Tired of putting my life stories to a use. I am quitting my job and most connections to anti-discrimination work. I believe the work is important, but at this moment I can’t do it any longer. I leave with the dream of a world where I don’t have to “come out of the closet” because there were no closets I had to get into in the first place.