By Nicole Froio

Nicole is a freelance journalist based in Brazil and a University of Sheffield journalism graduate. She writes about politics, current events, feminism, human rights and pop culture. She is an avid reader, loves photography and baking.

  1. Nicole Froio's previous work for The Toast can be found here. The house was little but cosy inside, if a bit cluttered. The decoration was a mixture of old-fashioned bird plates, award plaques and black and white pictures. Charlie showed me in and kindly offered me a cup of water (a blessing in the heat of Davey, South Florida) and John McNeill immediately greeted me, supporting himself with a cane in one hand and…

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  2. Nicole Froio last wrote for The Toast about violence in the favelas. She saw Interior. Leather Bar at an LGBT film festival in Rio and sat down with Travis Mathews, the film's director afterwards. Why did you and James Franco make this movie? I’ll talk about this but I don’t want to go too deeply into his motivations because I feel like – I don’t want to speak for him. But I can tell…

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  3. When J. took his first breath, fresh into the world, he was already condemned to be an outcast for the rest of his short life.

    His birth certificate bore no reference to his father: he had none. He was--like thousands of children born in the Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro--excluded from society. His mother was HIV-positive and he lived in a 2m by 2m cubicle house without a bathroom. The complex of favelas where…

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