Native Dallasite Juan Guereca Robles has a dreamer’s soul

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator

Name and age: Juan Guereca Robles, 21

Occupation: Server/host

Spotted at: Oak Lawn Library

Born in Dallas to Mexican parents, Juan is the youngest of five siblings. Creative and industrious, he was active in high school, where he was in the marching band, JROTC, tennis and track. More than a jock, Juan became the president of the Anime Club and, after coming out at age 12, he started his high school’s first LBGT organization, GLASA (Gay Lesbian and Straight Alliance). He also started Lost and Found, an organization where LGBT youth could come together and discuss personal things relating to growing up LBGT in the ghetto, all while being in a safe place.

His interests include film history, pop culture, music’s impact on society, sociology, politics, fantasy/science fiction and comedy.

The future: His aspirations include higher education. He’d like to do his undergrad at UNT and grad work at UT Austin. He wants to analyze social issues, “to find healthy solutions for today’s problems.” He also wants to make a film and put his vision through the lens of film language.

His hobbies include reading, doodling, writing lyrics and poems. He loves critical analysis of film and music, dancing, and drinking with good company.

Motto: “Take life Juan step at a time.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 15, 2017.