FIND SOMEWHERE YOU CAN DREAM AND CONCEIVE PRIDE IN YOUR HEART

Ronnie Veliz October 6, 2012 18
FIND SOMEWHERE YOU CAN DREAM AND CONCEIVE PRIDE IN YOUR HEART

Dio Lluberes is an executive producer at Univision 34 and Telefuture 46. His current project is the TV show called “LAnzate” and he produces special events such as “Las Mañanitas a La Virgen de Guadalupe”, “El Desfile de las Rosas,” and “El Grito de Mexico.” Dio also participates in the production of “Premios Lo Nuestro”, “Premios Juventud,” and the Latin Grammys.

His passion for television began at a very early age. As a child, Dio always referred to the TV as “a magical box.” He appreciated the fact that television allowed him to spend quality time with his family. “As the years passed by,” Dio highlights that his relationship with television was more than just a childish obsession, “I always took pride in learning the scripts of my favorite series, I literally memorized them, but I also enjoyed visualizing my own TV shows.” Dio grew up appreciating all soap operas that his mother and grandmother watched, but music awards ceremonies had a very special place in his heart, “Music awards were the type of ceremonies I enjoyed watching by myself, locked in my bedroom, with the door always locked, so no one could interrupt me.” Dio strongly felt he had a dream to conquer, “I always knew the entertainment world would be mine, but my dad used to freak out at this choice, seeing my professional development because I was not interested at all in engineering or architecture, which were the careers that he wished for me to follow.”

The first career opportunity presented to Dio was a kids show called “Sabado Chiquito” in the country where he was born: Dominican Republic. And a significant detail, Dio wants to share with the public is that he is still connected to the people who opened that first door for him, “I met a lot of wonderful people working there, people I still have as part of my life these days.” That first opportunity given to him meant a lot to Dio, “I really learned to have a lot of patience, to be dedicated, and most importantly to listen, to respect, and to value the audience. I took the responsibility of learning to make television and I did it fearless.”

Dio decided to nurture his passion in Europe and went to study in Manchester, England. While he was there, “I learned a lot about me as an individual,” he says. Once back in Santo Domingo, Dio continued his higher education in order to become who he always wanted to be: a great producer. But while Dio was fully accepting and developing his career in the entertainment world, there was a layer in his human development that Dio kept denying and avoiding. He confesses, “As my career was rapidly going up and as I was unquestionably enjoying my craft, I was also aware that I was using the long work sessions only to avoid questioning the topic of my homosexuality.” Dio remembers exactly how it felt for him to suppress his development as gay man, “Sadly, to be gay is a taboo in the island (Dominican Republic), and I was conscious that as long as I lived there, I was never going to be a full man. The process of coming out and the freedom to carry an honest life as a gay man facing society and my family was not an option at the time.”

By the end of the 90′s, Dio chose to leave the island and migrate to the United States. Miami was the place where he desired to continue his career. Eager for honoring his biggest childhood dream in the land of the free, Dio searched for Univision in the yellow pages and once he learned the contact information of all its executive producers, he sent his resume to all of them asking for an opportunity. “It has been almost 14 years since I joined the most important Spanish-language television network in the country: Univision,” and some of the shows he has worked on are “Onda Max”, “El Gran Blablazo”, “A Que No Te Atreves”, “Historias Para Contar”, “Primer Impacto Fin de Semana”, and “El Show de Cristina” to name a few.

Upon his arrival to Miami, Dio got married to “an extraordinary young woman” and a few months later, “Life changed me completely and I became a father of a beautiful boy.” Regardless of his sexual orientation, Dio tried to support the relationship he had with his wife, “but in the process, I was exhausting myself; I felt miserable, felt sorry for myself, and even worse, for all the people I was deceiving.” But Dio makes one thing very clear, “I never was unfaithful to her; it did not even cross my mind to have a double life with another man while I was with her. I tried. Finally, I got divorced.”

It has been three years since Univision transferred Dio Lluberes to “the wonderful city of Los Angeles,” where he now proudly lives with his boyfriend John Hubbard. Dio’s boyfriend owns a production company for special events. With a huge smile on his face Dio shares with all of us, “We got engaged this year and we will get married on April of 2013 in New York City. My son is currently 11 years old; he travels frequently in order to spend time with John and I, and the relationship my son sustains with John, my fiancé, is incredible!”

18 Comments »

  1. sarai flores October 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Ronnie Veliz for introducing me to this article not only is it amazing but its truly inspiring

    • Ronnie Veliz
      Ronnie Veliz November 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I really appreciate your attention and solidarity.

  2. Jonathan Solis October 7, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Ron, wonderful message that you share with the world. Please don’t stop fighting for our rights and please don’t stop inspiring others. Cheers!

  3. Julia Kahane October 7, 2012 at 12:59 am - Reply

    this article was amazing you are a great writer Ronnie

  4. Brian Ilagan October 7, 2012 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I like how Dio wants to live an “honest life as a gay man” and he does that in life, with his family, and pursuing his passion in television and reaching his goals.

  5. Adrian Arciniega October 7, 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I loved this article, especially as a gay male Latino wanting to get into the world of television. My favorite part of the article was Dio’s need to be “a full man”, when many see being homosexual as not being a male characteristic, but in Dio’s eyes, being honest with himself makes him a full man. This article fully depicts the story and journey of one man without getting stale or without asking for sympathy.

    • Ronnie Veliz
      Ronnie Veliz February 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks a lot for your feedback Adrian!

  6. Olivia October 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    This is a Beautiful story! To see someone so passionate about what they want to achieve in life is really inspiring. He seems to be very proud about who he is and where he came from, and to be able to be successful in something that you not only love but is part of your history is incredible.

    • Ronnie Veliz
      Ronnie Veliz February 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      That’s right! Passion & honesty!

  7. Tracy October 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    This is a great story! I am glad that Dio found the man of his dreams. It is good that Dio remained faithful to his then wife even though he was dishonest to himself and his friends. He has made many accomplishments and is still continuing to do so. His journey is only beginning!

  8. Fabiola October 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Wonderful story Ronnie! This story can definitely relate to many out there who are living dishonest lives but it’s great he was able to accomplish everything he wanted. Keep up your awesome work! You’re an inspiration!

  9. Jay Stunna October 8, 2012 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! Well said and wonderfully put. You informed me on a dynamite being that I did not know beforehand. Pretty sure his journey was courageous. As are a lot of us that survive the next day. But it’s great we finally have a face to this feeling. Your words inspired

  10. raja ferosh October 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    They need a “share” button on here so i can post it to my facebook/twitter/tumbler/blogspot/Google + account :D DD

  11. Koko October 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I love this article! I love the story of his journey as it is one that many people can relate to. We need more articles and role models like this, not only for Latin American communities, but for everyone. Great job!

  12. Blanca October 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Very nice!

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