than hiding from reporters
by putting his real life on
the backburner. To date,
Chavez was the only Latin
artist to pose for Adam
Bushke on the campaign
against Proposition 8 in
California
(
www.noh8campaign.com)

In 2005, Chavez
exchanged rings and vows
with his then partner, B.J.
Murphy, in Canada where
same-sex marriages had
recently become legal.  
Photographs taken at their
ceremony were published
and worsened
www.ambiente.us   SEPTEMBER |SEPTIEMBRE 2010

Christian Chavez
His Music | His Passions | His Life
by Vanessa Brito

Ricky Martin wasn’t the only Latino artist to come out and cause a splash for young gay
Hispanics looking for an extra push to expose their sexuality. In 2007, pop artist
Christian Chavez announced he was gay, paving the way for other popular Latinos to
come out and be proud of who they are. Christian Chavez, was a member of the top
Latino band in the world, RBD, and is currently on tour promoting his first solo album,
Almas Transparentes (Clear Souls). Supported by Ricky Martin, Chavez has proven to
be a strong force both in the LGBT and entertainment community alike.

For years, Latinos have been fighting to gain support from their communities, much
like the Anglo communities have offered their own for many years. While we have come
a long way, the fear of rejection and being shut out by our families, is still an issue. For
Christian Chavez, the struggle of “coming out” existed, but his desire to be at peace
and feel free overcame any of the stigmas that accompany being Hispanic/Latino and
gay.

Chavez’s coming out was more “matter of fact,” than it’s been for many gay artists
across the board. With his 2007 statement, “Yes, I’m gay,” Chavez put a stop to the
relentless efforts of paparazzi and tabloids to expose his private life – taking away from
his music and talent. Chavez’s bold move has inspired many gay artists and fans and
has also allowed Chavez to focus on his music, rather
.
.
.
the situation between media and Chavez’s personal life. After coming out in 2007,
rumors spread about Chavez and Murphy’s abusive relationship – allegations that
Chavez insisted were attempts to damage his career and popularity. Chavez confirmed
divorcing Murphy in June 2009 on good terms.

In its time, RBD was one of the most, if not the most, popular
young Latino pop band in the world. After its dissolution, Chavez,
RBD’s signature vocalist, decided it was time to take a break and
focus on his career as a soloist and actor. Moving from Mexico to
Italy to work with producer Loris Ceroni, Chavez changed his life
completely – not to mention culture shock. Chavez says, “I think
that we have to fight for what we want in life. For sure, music is
really important to me.”    

For Chavez, launching his career as a solo artist was not as easy as people think, even
emerging from a popular band like RBD. In the music industry and audiences alike,
Chavez felt he had to prove himself – alone – not as part of any one group or with
advantages of fame and popularity. “You have to show yourself.  You have to work little
by little to make it happen. It almost feels like starting over,” he says. Unfortunately,
there are stigmas that accompany
Chavez that go beyond him being gay. His acting role in the Mexican telenovela
Rebelde and singing in RBD, have pushed people to question his talent and assume
that his soloist career is based on past fame. For Chavez, this is not the case.

Chavez has worked outside his hometown in order to perfect his style and literally,
“start over.” Showcasing with Granda Entertainment y Club Papi, Chavez is now
promoting his album
Almas Transparentes and launched his promotional tour
“Libertad” in South America, Europe, and the US. Over the next few months, Chavez will
perform in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Brazil,
Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Sacramento.

Almas Transparentes personifies his struggle, not only to come out, but also to launch
his solo career. He says, “Almas Transparantes talks about the idea of not only the
album, but also the way of life I’m trying to show people.  It’s about being yourself and
not living someone else’s life or pretending.” This in itself is Chavez’s way of opening
the doors of his passion and true self to the world, without ignoring his past.
Interestingly, Chavez still feels as though his music may be perceived as “just for gay
guys or just for the gay community” because he is gay. Through Almas Transparentes,
Chavez hopes that people will recognize his music is for everyone, not just the gay
community.

One of the most striking things about Chavez are his comments about being an
“activist” for the gay community. While he has participated in several social causes that
fight inequality and homophobia, he does not want to be coined a
representative of the community. For some, this may
be a mechanism to keep his music from being
segmented into predominantly gay audiences. For
others, it may be Chavez’s way of putting his passion
for music over his private life. Whatever the case is,
Chavez has continued to woo both men and women
with his music and his strength to be open about his
sexuality in a country like Mexico that has not always
been the most friendly and receptive to the LGBT
community.









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