“It’s true, there is a stigma,” he said, in his thick Austrian accent. “Even if it is mostly unspoken, you know it is there.”
I agreed, adding that it's not always unspoken!
And now I wonder, how many times in his life has he been able to talk to someone about this? Knowing that the answer is inevitably "not very often, if at all" has made all those nerves I suffered over the article and photo and video worthwhile.