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2023.6.1

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Felipe Araujo

Conductor of the Orchestra Sopro Novo Paulista

Love should have no barriers

A conversation with Felipe Araujo towards a society where everyone can live comfortably

We sat down with Felipe Araujo to discuss his experience so far and thoughts around diversity in music and society.

How do you see the LGBTQ+ movement? What is the relevance of music to it?

I believe that the community fights for people's right to be happy the way they want, regardless of whether it's a person of the opposite sex, same sex, or regardless of gender. Love should have no barriers. I believe the bigger the LGBTQ+ movement, the more people feel represented, and that makes people have the courage to assume and accept who they are.
Art (including music) is a way of expressing the reality of a given period and our own expression as an artist and/or performer, as this allows us to reflect and understand the world and what is going on. This is the role of art.

What are the challenges or difficulties that people from LGBTQ+ community could face in their life?

When many young people understand their sexual orientation, they are humiliated, despised and criticized by their families, friends and society. That shakes their whole life and will reflect in all areas. This would be the moment when, mainly the family, should remain together, and understand that orientation other than heterosexuality is not a disease, and does not change who the person is. If your personal life is damaged, other areas will be affected as well.

Currently the greatest difficulty is prejudice, which is still big within society, and occurs within the community itself. You suffer prejudice for being too gay, for not being gay enough, for not coming out, for hiding from people and other issues that shouldn't happen. Each one has their moment and background, something that we should understand before criticizing.

To what extent can artists contribute to greater acceptance and respect for LGBTQ+ people across society?

Actually, the respectful outlook should happen towards an individual, regardless of habits and orientation. On stage, I don't think of being part of the LGBTQ+ community, but rather as a human being who is there to do the best. This is what matters.

When there are more LGBTQ+ people in our society, working, performing and fulfilling their dreams, it just proves this should not be seen as an impediment or be belittled, but rather as a human being who is performing, doing what they like, showing that it is something normal and should not be seen as something harmful.

By approaching key topics, artists make their audience reflect and realize there is no reason why people with different sexual orientations cannot live in harmony within society.

What are the main points that can contribute to reducing prejudice?

The main point is that the human being comes first, rather than their sexual orientation. When hiring a new employee, what matters most for the company: the professional resume and skills or their sexual orientation?

Another point is for the community to remain together, so as to help everyone and not foster more prejudice among people.

“I believe that the best way to explain to society about the LGBTQ+ community is not to show whether we need to be accepted, but that we all deserve respect for who we are.”

Biography

Graduated in the technical course in recorder by the Foundation of the Arts in São Caetano do Sul (SP). Felipe began his studies in 2007 under the guidance of professors Patrícia Michelini, David Castelo, Marta Roca and Hélcio Müller, participating in several masterclasses with teachers Lisete da Silva, Lúcia Alves, Mary Waldo, Marion Verbruggen and Paul Leenhouts. In his career as a flautist he gave several recitals in Brazil and other countries such as Bolivia, France and the United States. Joining groups Mosaico Harmonic, duo Madeira de Bloco, music core of EMMSP, recorder quartet of FASCS and Quinta Essentia quartet, Felipe started in the Sopro Novo Program and since 2018 is the conductor of the Orchestra Sopro Novo Paulista.

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