This is part of #KaraniwangLGBT, which Outrage Magazine officially launched on July 26, 2015 to offer vignettes of LGBT people/living, particularly in the Philippines, to give so-called “everyday people” – in this case, the common LGBT people – that chance to share their stories.
As Outrage Magazine editor Michael David C. Tan says: “All our stories are valid – not just the stories of the ‘big shots’. And it’s high time we start telling all our stories.”
Joan Dioso, almost 50, originally came from Cebu Province. He’s been working as a beautician in Makati City for as long as he cares to remember.
He was around five when he was given the name Joan (legal name: Nemecio Dioso Jr.).
“Ambot ngano Joan (I don’t know why they called me Joan)!” he laughs.
If he can share a life lesson, it is to “enjoy to the max!” he says.
“Ayaw ka-gugma sa laki kay biyaan lang ka. Mas ayos kung enjoy-enjoy ka lang. Mas mu-guwapa ka, mas guwapa pud ang life (Don’t fall for a straight man who’d just leave you. You’re better off just having fun. You’d be more beautiful that way, and your life will be more beautiful too)!”