“We’re taking a walk in the park to talk things through. We broke up a couple days ago. I feel like she’s too possessive sometimes.
“People who see us from the outside think that our greatest struggle is the disability. It’s not. Our greatest struggle is that we’d fallen out of love with each other.
“She has autonomy. She has a strong will. But she can’t move. So in many ways her life is my life. It’s bigger than me, it controls me, and it makes me fight like never before.
“It’s been a tough few months. I’m having a forced individuality moment. I’ve never lived alone before.
“I want to grow up and be like my mom because I really like her. But that’s going to take such a long time.
“For Heloisa, every elderly person feels like a grandparent. And she loves her grandparents. So I asked her if she wanted to have her sixth birthday party at a home for the elderly.
“I’ve got it all figured out. Just let time go by and try not to think about very much.” (São Paulo, Brazil)
“I was voted the first in my pack! Everybody got one vote, except for me, because another girl decided to vote for me.
“The cocaine made me feel important. I thought I was always right. I was fighting a lot of people. I was cheating on my wife.
“When I started being a father, I wasn’t ready. Things are great now but I struggled with substance abuse for a long time.
“My father left us when I was two. The last time I saw him was my fifth grade graduation. I do know he’s alive because I found him on Facebook.
“I’ve been doing construction since I was fifteen. I like what I do and I do what I like. Every night when I’m heading home, I always look back to see what I’ve built.
Today in microfashion… (São Paulo, Brazil)
“Both of us are widowers. We met last year at a dance for seniors. He treats me so much better than my husband ever did.
“He didn’t begin speaking until the age of seven. He used to hide everywhere. I’d scream for him but he wouldn’t respond to anything.
“I was raised in a non-religious family, but certain experiences in life have caused me to connect with something that I can’t explain.
“She was my first crush as a kid. We were in the same class together, and she sat by the window, so I’d always pretend that I was staring at the tree outside.
“I knew it would be a girl. I had a dream that I was holding a girl.” (Bariloche, Argentina)
“I grew up in a rural town. I was the only girl in the family. Being a girl back then represented a lot of ‘no’s.’ I wanted to study English, the answer was ‘no.’ I wanted to play guitar, the answer was ‘no.’ I wanted to date a boy, the answer was ‘no.’ I felt like there was a barrier separating me from life.
“My brother shot himself last November. He always viewed himself as my superior. He’d never come to my door when he visited.