Married to Julia Silva, manager of selections for the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation, and mother of Maria, former athlete Fabi Alvim told in “Botequim da Teresa” how she decided to take a stand on social media and assume the homoaffective family in front of Brazil.
She says she discovered her sexual orientation at age 19. “It was a building process until I was able to talk about it in an open and calm way. I was afraid of my parents’ reaction, of what they would say. I had no one to talk to, no people to inspire me. There was no internet.” .
the first thing i did it was me hide”.
With the years and the sessions therapy, the volleyball commentator was feeling more confident. After marrying Julia at the registry office, she decided to make her social media a place of inspiration and welcome for other women like her.
“I felt the need to talk to people precisely because I didn’t have anyone to talk to. Social networks are sick, but they are also sources of information. I post to be happy and show my pride”.
Her only moment of insecurity was in 2018. “We discovered the pregnancy on October 28, after the election results. I felt very afraid. We see what is happening with the country…”, says the two-time Olympic champion, that despite the prejudices and the political situation in the country, she always dreamed of being a mother. “We never cared if we were going to adopt or generate”.
At the same time that I was afraid, I was filled with courage to reaffirm my family. I felt that was my role as a gay family.”
Fabi prefers to ignore the haters that appear. “I answered once with conversation and dialogue. That’s the only way to break prejudices”.
Instead of clinging to the few negative comments, the former athlete prefers to focus on her own family. “At home, I spread volleyball and play with Maria, but I want her to choose her own path and have fun with the sport. Maria makes a headline and I’m off to another game.”
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