Christian Chavez, a member of the Mexican pop band RBD, came out of the closet late last week after an internet site published photographs showing the 22-year-old marrying his partner in Canada in 2005. Chavez is now the most high-profile Mexican entertainer to openly acknowledge that he is gay.
Chavez told fans in a letter posted on the group's website that he had not come out previously for fear of "rejection" and "criticism" and how it might affect his family.
RBD, which Reuters reports "grew out of the television soap opera Rebelde (Rebel), set in an elite Mexico City boarding school where the three boy and three girl members of the group starred as students who go against the grain by starting a band," has been hugely succesful in Latin America.
Mexican gay rights activist Sergio Villareal praised Chavez: "This young man represents a new way of seeing things, less prejudiced and more open. Christian Chavez's decision symbolizes this new way of seeing life and raises hope of a more inclusive future with more respect for differences."
Read Chavez' entire statement after the jump...