Army sargeants Fernando Alcântara de Figueiredo and Laci Marinho de Araújo, who came out publicly on the cover of this week's Época magazine, went live on national TV last night to talk about prejudice in the Brazilian Army, and about their decision to tell their story to the magazine.
After participating on the rather sensationalist TV show Superpop, sargeant Araújo was arrested. According to the military, he was not arrested for coming out on TV, but for deserting the Army since May of last year without providing reasonable medical evidence for leaving duty. sargeant Araújo claims that he is no longer apt to work for the Army due to an emotional breakdown, and that the papers provided by his neurologist were not accepted as proof of his unstable health by the national Army.
In the video below recently posted on the Época website, the couple talks about being constantly harassed at work.
"It it is a sin to be gay in the Brazilian Army, then the Army better be shut down because mostly everyone there is condemned," says Araújo at the end of the video.
I hope their coming out will inspire others in the Army to do the same, and the government to develop an educational program about homosexuality in the military forces.