In a provocatively stark way to fight homophobia, one gay Brazilian couple took to the streets of São Paulo at 2 a.m. to pose in the buff and naked of prejudice in the midst of mounting brutality toward LGBTs in Brazil.
Accompanying the bare shots of real life boyfriends Felippe and Marlon, Chicos.cc photographers Fabio Lamounier and Rodrigo Ladeira write,
Of all the countless times I’ve been to São Paulo, none of them I skipped visiting the bright and grand Paulista Avenue. The biggest symbol of the city, also scene of several activists marches and conservative attacks; The place where the huge buildings shares space with the little businessmen; The city owns the traffic that nowadays is seen in all other major cities, but also the living beings that walk through its streets at their own time. The ave is under a pendulum between those opposites. Of all those countless times, however, today was my only and first time I’ve seen this avenue off the mightiness it carries: fragile, empty and cold – and, because of this, so human.
Felippe and Marlon, carrying just the adrenaline and courage, had the idea of this photography. This same adrenaline que covers our faces, shakes our hands and dilates time – Those little passe frighteningly seconds and excitingly endless. The few eyes wandering by the street multiply quickly, as well as the shoots, fear and sweat. We’ve made, in so little team, the shoot of un symbolic act, but most important a free act Being naked at the avenue shows off its own And Also the city weakness: We have to be utopian and rethink the city naked of its Prejudices, lovable even under the gray sky; complete just because of the diferences, and respectful of the diversity cause. It is to be one day. But the patience Also dilates the time: maybe tomorrow, who knows, days are no longer utopian, but just real.
In their own words, the couple added:
“Chicos. Ticos. Boys. We are all Chicos! Boys becoming men. Every day! Men who love other men. Marlon and I (OK, it seems like the name of the film), this is my love story. A love that was born via make-out and, two years later, became a free, intense love and the most sincere relationship I’ve ever had in my life.
In place of a sense of ownership, we establish a sense of freedom. We are free … but to keep loving takes more each day. When we began to meet each other’s friends and people close to us, everyone said, “Wow, but you are so different from each other.” Yes, we are different, and for this reason, we are complementary. Sizes, different proportions, and different taste. Wishes, dreams, and hunger for equal freedom.
We chose to pose together on Avenida Paulista. The same place where lampadada, an act of intolerance against gays and against humanity, happened. We were naked: free of clothes, prejudices or fears. Clicks representing an ideal world in which we can walk together hand in hand, embrace each other or kiss without fear. A world where we can be ourselves and do what gives us more pleasure. Love!
The “lampadada Avenida Paulista” happens every day in different corners of São Paulo, Brazil, and the world, unfortunately. Lampadadas in the form of insults, physical and psychological abuse. We are attacked for being gay, for being ourselves. Chicos who love other Chicos, Johns, Pedros, Caios, Rodrigos, Josephs, Ricardos, Thiagos and many others. And this has to stop! Stop so that love can continue freely.”
For the rest of the photos, including the NSFW ones, click here.