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04/19/2007


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #859

HOWARD STERN: Rips Victoria Jackson.

ANGRY BIRDS: A hypothetical trailer for a Michael Bay film.

CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ: "Libertad" music video from out Mexican pop star Chavez (en Español).

REBECCA BLACK: Ottawa Senators fans offer a lipdub to the arena.

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Christian Chavez on Coming Out: "I Felt Free..."

Mexican pop star Christian Chavez, who came out of the closet in late February after an internet site published photos shoing Chavez marrying his partner in Canada in 2005, recently told a Mexican TV network that his life has changed for the better:

Chavez"Chavez, a member of the wildly popular Mexican band RBD, told the Televisa network that the public revelation allowed him to 'begin a healing process in which I left things behind and began many wonderful things.' Chavez said that fan support helped him overcome nervousness about an appearance in McAllen, Texas, shortly after his announcement. 'I was afraid to go on stage, but people were really, really nice,' he said. 'I felt free and could sing like I've never sung before.' He said the support was a reflection of a more open Mexican society, but he added that he still wants to fight for gays to be respected — not just tolerated."

The singer's disclosure even prompted Ricky Martin to speak up on the gay issue. He said of Chavez: "Life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say. [Christian] has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength."

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Ricky Martin: Life is Too Short to be In the Closet

Ricky_martin_shirtlessWhile touring Mexico City on his "Black & White" Tour, Ricky Martin was asked about the recent coming out of Mexican pop star Christian Chavez (whom the Associate Press calls Christian Sanchez). Chavez told fans he is gay in early March after pictures of the singer marrying his partner in Canada in 2005 surfaced on the internet.

In a letter on his website, Chavez wrote: "I don’t want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear, I love what I do and singing is my life, my passion. I would never dream of doing anything else. I feel bad for not having shared this withall my fans before, as they are the ones that worry and it is because of them that I decided to be honest."

Martin said of Chavez: "Life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say. [Christian] has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength."

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Mexican Pop Star Christian Chavez : I'm Gay

Christian_chavezChristian 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...

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