Gay dads take pride in fatherhood this Father's Day
MANILA, Philippines – In a beauty parlor in Quezon City, Dors Medina works to support his son 15-year old Justin Jay or JJ.
JJ was only 8 months old when Medina adopted him.
“Pinaliwanag ko sa kaniya kung sino ako sa buhay niya na hindi ako yung biological parents nung bata,” said Medina. “Binigay ko po sa kaniya ang lahat ng hilig niya.”
|Beautician Dors Medina and his son, JJ|
Often, JJ was ridiculed by his peers for having a homosexual father. But he never hid the truth and is proud to say that his father is a good provider.
“Kailangan ko po tanggapin yun kasi siyempre po bilang kapalit na din po sa pag-aalaga niya sa akin. Hanggang sa pagpapalaki po,” said JJ.
Jimmy Matuseno also works as a beautician in a parlor in Manila. He has 3 biological children. The eldest is 6, the second is 5, and the youngest is 2.
According to Jimmy, he will not hide his true identity to his children but will try to change his lifestyle.
|Jimmy Matuseno and his 3 children|
“Basta't sa akin, napag-aral ko sila kahit ganito ang trabaho ko ‘di ako nanlalamang ng tao. Kahit ganito ang tatay nila, okey lang sa akin,” Matuseno said.
He added that it’s about time gay men try to build families of their own.
Matuseno stated, “Mga pare magbago na tayo. Eto na ‘yung future kailanagn natin ‘to. Kailangan natin mag-anak, kailangan nating may alagaan, meron tayong palalakihin.”
Father’s Day is a very important occasion for Medina and Matuseno.
They said their homosexuality does not, in any way, diminish their sense of fatherhood.