"What you see is not asked": how the famous phrase of Juan Gabriel emerged


By CAPosts 29 June, 2020 - 07:02pm 23 views

The last century has many ghosts and vestiges, one of them is the fight against discrimination and openness in the face of freedom of expression. In the 1990s and earlier, homosexuality was regarded among some sectors as a social stigma. Artists weren't saved from these same situations, an example is Juan Gabriel.

Juarez's divo never spoke openly about his sexual preference and, a matter that many people in the artistic environment knew about his intimacy, he always reserved his related statements on that subject .

It was on the program Primer Impacto, in an interview with journalist Fernando del Rincón, who dared to ask him a question so direct, that there was no way for him to dodge it. However, that did not prevent the singer-songwriter from giving one of the most creative answers in the history of Mexican television. Del Corner asked him directly, "Juan Gabriel, they say he's gay, but is Juan Gabriel gay?"

Juan Gabriel always reserved his privacy, especially related to his sexual preference (Photo: Instagram @soyjuangabriel_)

John Gabriel replied,

Juan Gabriel had female romantic partners and had even conceived children with them. For many this was seen as an example that he was not homosexual,

Juan Gabriel defended his identity, referring to him being raised in a "wild" way (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Juan Gabriel himself gave his definition of love with a certain phrase at his home in Malibu, while he was doing another interview, this time for the magazine Somos:

The juarez divo did not comment again on the subject in a way as referent as this. Juan Gabriel died on August 28, 2016.

The World of the Glass Closet

Carlos Monsiváis never spoke out about his intimacy and sexual preference in public, but supported with activism and his defense of individual freedom (Photo: Instagram @ateosmex)

Juan Gabriel was not the only case of an entertainment person to reserve his sexual preferences, Alve also known was the case of the writer Carlos Monsiváis, who although he never referred to his homosexuality directly, today, his friends remember the conversations of his experiences in steam baths and gay bars.

Monsiváis says a lot, from rumors of his relationship with his teacher and mentor, Salvador Novo, as well as the book "In the Glass Closet", written by the journalist Braulio Peralta, in which he recounts and investigates the life of Don Carlos to try to portray what he himself called as "a Monsiváis of flesh and bone". The book features references to other artists such as the playwright and actress, Sabina Berman, who referred to the writing as follows:

The journalist Braulio Peralta was given the task of portraying the intimacy of Carlos Monsiváis, which he reflected in his work "El clóset de Cristal" (Photo: Instagram @braulioperalta9)

Although Braulio's biography left a semi-yellow taste, for many he did not pay in journalistic research but moved to the grounds of invading the writer's private life, si resumes important passages about meetings in bars, meeting places, refuge in many cases, for homosexual practices in and around Mexico City.

Monsiváis preferred to remain silent about his sexual preferences, which did not take away him from being a great driver for LGBTTTI rights, by Marta Lamas and collectives. Of course in the marches his presence was constant.

Carlos Monsiváis died on June 19, 2010, decriturizing unconditional support for collectives, universal rights and individual freedoms.


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