It's been absolutely amazing. Who can we expect to see featured in the magazine? And we really just need an outlet to share the diversity of the queer Asian narrative, and I hope Daniel Magazine is here to stay for years to come. So many individuals are embracing it, and they have very many high hopes for it. We want to make sure that our content is palatable for not just the target audience but for others outside of it. Sure, I can get my parents to accept me, but what about my culture to accept me?
And it's not addressed, and that's what we want to bring to the forefront and let individuals know that you don't have to choose between your race or sexuality.
Gay Asian Magazine
And we feel that George is a perfect example of that. We want to make sure that our content is palatable for not just the target audience but for others outside of it. Meeting somebody who was just like him -- gay and Asian -- was exactly what Villanueva needed, because he could not fully relate to the openly gay, white American narrative that was often told. His parents are both immigrants from the Philippines, and like most Filipinos, he grew up in a conservative and devout Catholic family. But when he left the military, unfulfilled, and moved back in Georgia, he met Daniel, an openly gay Asian man who inspired him and helped him come out of the closet last year. What are your hopes for the magazine? They don't take that into consideration.
So many individuals are embracing it, and they have very many high hopes for it. And that's what Daniel Magazine is all about? Even when we come out to our family, we also think, "How do we come out to our relatives, our cousins who are overseas? We want to be able to bridge the conversation with other communities who don't know about us, not just the LGBT community but also within the straight community that doesn't necessarily understand us. There's definitely an extra layer that's often ignored in the LGBT community.