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Dad Stops Supporting His Son Because He’s Gay, So He Learns How To Draw On Walls To Help Pay The Bills And His Art Goes Viral
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Dad Stops Supporting His Son Because He’s Gay, So He Learns How To Draw On Walls To Help Pay The Bills And His Art Goes Viral

The Pew Center survey showed that nearly 4 in 10 LGBT adults in the US have been rejected by family and friends because of their sexual orientation. No wonder so many people feel scared to come out to their parents.

But 21-year-old João Neto from Cuiabá, Brazil was brave enough to take this hard step. Unfortunately, it didn’t go well. João tweeted that after his dad stopped supporting him financially, he had to find a way to make a living. That’s why João learned to draw and found a new passion in art. Let’s take a look at the work of this inspiring young man down below and don’t forget to show him your support!

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João was over the moon upon finding that so many people support him

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Views on homosexuality have shifted over time, but the process is still ongoing. In 1985, a Los Angeles survey showed that 89% of American adults would be upset if their child came out as LGBT, and only 9% said they’d be okay with it. A survey by Pew Research showed that 57% of parents would not be upset if their child come out as gay or lesbian. The same survey showed that gay adults are more likely to share this info with their moms (70% of gay men, 67% of lesbians) than with dads (53% gay men, 45% lesbians). Read more about coming out experiences in LGBT voices right here.

People praised João for his talent and courage

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Lucas
Community Member
2 years ago

What a crappy dad! Lots of people have to support themselves from a much earlier age and so it's not exactly unusual to be financing yourself at 21. I was at 16 which wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs. Dreadful reason for Joao though. Love your kids for who they are!

Liam Walsh
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2 years ago

Yep - I was 18.

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Sterrinatu
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2 years ago

My family hasn't supported me financially since I was 18. I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for this guy who at 21 now has to support himself.

Helouise Doofenschmirtz
Community Member
2 years ago

"Support" doesn't just mean financial. Think about how often you rely on any family member for anything--even just knowing that they are there is a huge blessing. It would be excruciatingly painful to be rejected from your family, especially for coming out to them and making the brave choice to unapologetically be yourself. My heart goes out to him. Sending love his way.

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chi-wei shen
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2 years ago (edited)

I do feel sorry for any young man losing his father in this way, but I absolutely do not feel sorry for a 21 year old man who has lost his father's financial support. Right now he might only see the financial side, but losing the father goes so much deeper.

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Lucas
Community Member
2 years ago

What a crappy dad! Lots of people have to support themselves from a much earlier age and so it's not exactly unusual to be financing yourself at 21. I was at 16 which wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs. Dreadful reason for Joao though. Love your kids for who they are!

Liam Walsh
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep - I was 18.

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Sterrinatu
Community Member
2 years ago

My family hasn't supported me financially since I was 18. I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for this guy who at 21 now has to support himself.

Helouise Doofenschmirtz
Community Member
2 years ago

"Support" doesn't just mean financial. Think about how often you rely on any family member for anything--even just knowing that they are there is a huge blessing. It would be excruciatingly painful to be rejected from your family, especially for coming out to them and making the brave choice to unapologetically be yourself. My heart goes out to him. Sending love his way.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I do feel sorry for any young man losing his father in this way, but I absolutely do not feel sorry for a 21 year old man who has lost his father's financial support. Right now he might only see the financial side, but losing the father goes so much deeper.

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