Sergio Viula is an ex-ex-gay
. That’s right, he saw all sides of the situation, got married, became a pastor and took part in a movement which allegedly “cured” gay people, but eventually realized all the inconsistencies within it. It would be fair enough to give him a clap as to having being able to be completely and painfully honest to himself and with those around him.
Theologian, philosopher, English teacher and gay, he keeps the blog Fora do Armário (Out of the Closet), where one can find information as to ordering his book, Em Busca de Mim Mesmo (In Search of Myself – only available in Portuguese), in which he shares all his journey.
Highly recommended, the book daringly unveils how much religion can damage and make suffer anyone who is homosexual, infusing absolutely unnecessary guilt and self-rejection.
Last Monday, Sergio granted O Bule Voador (The Flying Pot) this interview.
LiHS - Over a hundred years ago, in a legally homophobic United Kingdom, Alfred Douglas – Oscar Wilde’s lover – called homogenic love “the love that dare not speak its name”. The verse was used as evidence to convict the poet and sentence him to forced labor. And here, today, dare that love speak its name? Who still impedes it?
Sergio - A lot of progress has been made since then. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, issued by the UN after World War II has conquered more and more space in the legal system of every afiliated country. And even in countries that still don’t see eye to eye with the UN, there has been a lot of domestic and international pressure to get human rights respected, regardlessly of their sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Read more…