First winner of Top Chef :Just Desserts, Yigit Pura has come a long way since moving from Ankara, Turkey. He remembers as a boy being bullied for not speaking proper English when he first moved. He described his High School as very conservative almost racist who bullied him for his sexuality and Turkish decent. In a recent interview Pura reaches out to gay teens explaining that most peoples hatred and ignorance towards you is fueled by a lack of understanding and you must have compassion for them that they will one day come around and accept you for who you really are and together we can change the world.
"I’m a 30-year-old, very comfortable gay man and I’ve gone through many challenges in my life. Whether that be personal or in the kitchen, I mean I’ve worked in some of the toughest kitchens in the country, and that helped to toughen me up too. But the way I dealt with it, whether I’m gay or not, when someone bullies me it’s not going to change me one bit. I don’t take that to heart because I’m very confident in myself. As far as a pastry chef, my thought was I didn’t want to put my emotional boundaries up because I really just wanted to focus on the food.
As far as bullying, I was just speaking to someone else about this, and I think there’s no reason for it. There’s no excuse for it. I think people making all these kind of stupid remarks, whether they call people “girls” or “fairies” or all these kind of demeaning terms, I think it’s kind of pathetic because the way people act, whether they’re flamboyant or not, it has nothing to do with who they are at heart. It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with their talent in their profession. I think something that we need to learn is when you make these kind of remarks you’re not only offending the gay population, you’re offending women. We all come from our mothers so I think we need to be more respectful of each other as human beings."
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