João Neto is a 21-year-old inspiring artist from Cuiaba, Brazil, who recently tweeted out that his dad stopped supporting him financially after he came out as gay, so he had to find a way to make a living.
Even though we live in 2020, and we’re well aware that the LGBTQ+ population has come a long way in the last few decades when it comes to acceptance, a recent survey conducted by the Pew Center showed that almost 4 in 10 young adults in the U.S. are rejected by their family and/or friends after coming out as gay. This is especially the case in ‘religious families’, where parents/family have a strong opinion about LGBTQ+ people, and it’s often the case for parents to kick out or even disown their gay children.
The young João had the same saddening story, and it was the reason why he learned to draw. Luckily, his inspiring art went viral on the internet, and he’s now able to support himself. Check out his powerful post and some of his work below.