Hi, I’m John Carlos Regulacion, but you can call me JC or ARCIE. I would like to share my personal story as a member of the LGBTQIA++ community with you.
Let’s start with the year 2010. I was in grade 4, just 10 years old, studying in a peaceful school in Antipolo City. At that time, I didn’t fully understand my feelings. It was during those years that I began to develop a crush on one of my fellow students. I still remember her name, Michelle Guerrera. She was incredibly beautiful, and her fair complexion made me think she was an American girl. However, she was a pure Pinoy. On one occasion, I mustered up the courage to approach her and give her a love letter. In the letter, I expressed how beautiful she was and that I wanted to be her girlfriend. Unfortunately, my world was shattered when I found out that she changed schools that year. I felt helpless and couldn’t do anything about it, even though I believed I loved her at that time.
Moving forward… Now I’m 26 years old, soon to be 27, and I have gained a lot of experiences as a member of the LGBTQIA++ community. It’s unfortunate that being gay can still be challenging in today’s world. However, I remember what my mother told me – to let others be themselves as long as we don’t harm or hurt anyone. Happiness lies in accepting oneself as they are. I made the decision to accept and embrace my identity, and I have been content with that choice. Being a part of the LGBTQIA++ community allows me to express myself freely without hiding. I’m grateful for the self-discovery I’ve experienced and for meeting my partner, who has been loving me for almost 6 years now. It brings me joy that people around me know who I truly am, and I take pride in being true to myself without any blemishes. As a member of the LGBTQIA++ community, I want to emphasize that there is nothing wrong with being homosexual, gay, bisexual, transgender, or any other identity. It’s important to be happy with yourself just the way you are. We are not a burden on society, despite what others may say. Let’s show the world that our gender does not limit our potential in life.
#PRIDEMONTH #FOUNDEVERPRIDE #LOVEBEINGWHOYOUARE #BEHAPPY