An MMA fighter who goes by the name "Two Guns" moonlights as Lola the Drag Queen...
And he has earned so much admiration online for the incredible boundaries he's been pushing.
Here's the full story...
Now, we all know that sports such as boxing and MMA are dominated by extremely masculine figures...
Figures who are expected to be the "manliest" of men, some might say.
Men who compete in these kinds of sports are rarely seen displaying any form of femininity...
And in many parts of the world, it's extremely frowned upon for a man to be feminine.
But for Diego Garijo...
This doesn't matter... at all.
Forty-one-year-old Diego is originally from Guanajuato, in Mexico and he began his professional MMA career back in 2006 as Dos Pistolas "Two Guns."
He racked up an impressive 7 victories before being forced into retirement by a detached retina.
He's also shown prowess in the brutal world of bare-knuckle boxing.
But there is so much more to Diego than his fighting career...
Because he moonlights as Lola the Drag Queen.
And people are in total and utter admiration of Diego's bravery and passion for the thing he loves so much.
It's time to meet Lola Pistola the Drag Queen!
Speaking to Vice, Diego explained how he first got into the world of drag and how he isn't gay.
"There is a photo of me as a 6-year-old in which I'm wearing my mother's bra and panties. She brought me up alone, and I had a couple of gay cousins, so I wasn't exposed to many traditional masculine stereotypes," he explained. "Maybe that's why I can be very feminine. I think people wonder if I'm gay, but they don't understand that femininity and sexual preference are two completely different things."
Diego was smuggled into the United States as a small child and he feels his upbringing in Mexico contributed to his "thirst for extremes."
"As a child, I was convinced the world was about to end. When I was about 6-years-old, and we still lived in Mexico, a missionary rang the doorbell. I didn't answer, but through the closed door he told me that we were 'living in the end times'. That stuck with me," he explained.
"If a natural disaster was in the news, I was convinced the world was going to end. Maybe this is why I'm such an impulsive person."
He started to take drag seriously a few years ago after he "took a course on emotional intelligence."
?"I took up dance classes, had my ears pierced, and got my body waxed. I learned how to walk in high heels and someone helped me with the outfits," the fighter said.
Diego explained how he received an outpour of love and acceptance from both the drag and fighting communities.
"I got a lot of love from people in the drag scene, as well as the trans and gay communities. But also from big tough fighters. Maybe they are also hiding an element of themselves that they would like to bring out more."
Considering the similarities between the worlds of MMA and drag, Diego added:
"Martial arts show us the beauty of humans overcoming great resistance. In drag, it's about overcoming toxic masculinity. Trans people of color in particular are among the most oppressed people of all. And they have the highest suicide rates. They should be supported instead of marginalized."
We think Diego is simply amazing for embracing his true self and the things he's passionate about!
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