Out and proud in the late 90's

Posted September 19, 2011 from Chile

Twelve years ago I was a senior high school student in Santiago de Chile. I was an early adopter and by that time I was used to “surf” the Internet and look for everything that wonders my mind. I was about to came out of the closet and visibility and support groups for what was going on with myself it was something that I couldn’t find in real life. Nobody in those years, at least in my country, used to speak out loud about being gay, not to say being lesbian.

The only way I found to connect and speak for a lot of women with the same doubts and questions was to create a website. With the use of online manuals, guides and a lot of reading I was able to create a simple html page that put me in contact with feminism organization, lesbian NGOs and women from different ages and cities across the country with the same feeling of being alone in a heterocentric reality where our sexuality and likes were suppose to be left aside, hidden and quiet.

We found a place where we could be ourselves, without the oppression of our machism society, organize our thoughts and be able to understand the history of our movement, the hate crimes from the past, cooperate with other discriminated groups and develop ways to put our discussion in the air, to breath from there and grow as an equal society. From those years and with the effort of many like me, and the ones before, Chile has grown into a better and fair community. There’s still a lot of work to do, but the beginning of the path is already build.

I think that is the best story that reflects how and why I am here rising my voice. Maybe the topic has changed, but the need to equality and visibility for the women in my country, our rights, are still a pending debt.

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  • Nusrat Ara
    Sep 20, 2011
    Sep 20, 2011

    You are right there is a lot of work to be done. You have been brave and path breaking for the women in your community. Keep up the good work and do keep sharing with us.


  • Angela Kintu
    Sep 23, 2011
    Sep 23, 2011

    I commend you on taking the time and effort to learn how to reach out to other women in your situation and then, even beyond that, connecting to other disadvantaged groups. Keep up the excellent work and please share even more of your story with the World Pulse network. As you say, it is always a pending debt.

    Thank you for sharing,


  • char_lm146
    Sep 26, 2011
    Sep 26, 2011

    Hello fabstorres!!

    I liked what you had to say about surfing the net for things that interest you. It is indeed one of the greatest attributes of the internet to be able to inquire into whatever may take your fancy. (I love to 'google' everything I don't know the answer too, it often settles a few debates among friends!!) This demonstrates you have an inquisitive nature and I like this. I also admire that when at times I imagine you may of felt you could not be who you were you did not say no, you took positive steps once again to find out more about your situation and that you did not succumb to what some may perceive as a difficult situation. Without meaning to sound patronizing I do admire and appreciate this. I would however have liked to know a bit more about why you became involved in this WorldPulse process and how this fits in with your hopes and ambitions for the future, but other than that I really am thankful that you have shared your story.

    Thank you Charlotte :)