"No Putx," which becomes the first Pride Latin Spotify Exclusive Single, is a new take on Molotov's 1997 rock anthem "Puto," in which they use the infamous "p--o" chants to critique Mexican politicians. The new track is Georgel's gift to his fans for Pride Month, which he tells Billboard he'll sing "fiercely and loudly!"
In honor Pride month, the Mexican singer kicks off our series on how coming out has impacted Latin artists' art and how they will be celebrating Pride this year.
How did the decision to come out impact your art?
I came out to my highly unusual Mexican family pretty early on when I was about 17. I showed up holding hands with a boy and my parents said, "Well, I guess we are all going to dinner together." And that was it.
Coming out as an artist was a whole different game. I didn’t really think it was an option until I met my husband and music partner, Guillermo Rosas. I fell in love with him hard that I started questioning myself, "How could I not include this part of my life in my artistry? This is so much of who I am!" So much that “Meteorito,” the first song of my project, literally talks about the day I married him and the music video is the actual video of our wedding. It was such a great beginning, no more coming out to do. It is really different to start a project from a love perspective rather than a fear perspective. It allows you to grow according to who you really are.
Did you ever have an LGBTQ+ idol growing up?
When I was 13 years old, I was already touring with a very small company that did shows of artists impersonations in Mexico. I remember impersonating Luis Miguel ... LOL I was pretty good. One of my fellow performers was a gorgeous trans woman, her name was Gris and she impersonated Thalia and Gloria Trevi. She knew how to sing, perform and look stunning.
I was immediately drawn to her; we were the only LGBTQIA+ cast members so we had a magical connection. She would tell me stories about how she knew she was a woman since she was a little girl and [that] her mother always supported her. We would talk about cute boys and there was this amazing sense of empathy from both sides. I love her and miss her so much. We lost contact when I turned 16 and have never been able to find her.
In my upcoming album, I’m releasing a song called “Donde está Gris?” that talks about my experience with her, and my worst fear, which is that something bad happened to her, like so many trans women in the world.
Would you say the industry is more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community compared to when you first started your career?
It's hard to talk about the industry as a whole. I still know of very powerful homophobic executives but I do see a greater deal of artists coming out. And most importantly writing and singing about their experience as LGBTQI+ members, their very own love and hardship stories and reclaiming their space taking a social stand to what needs to be fixed still.
What would you say to new artists who are on the rise and are unsure about coming out?
I don’t know where you are from, what the laws or religions dictate the level of freedom in your country, but coming out starts in the heart and in the spirit. And the most important part of it is that you come out to yourself. If you are able to tell one person do it, and if that person shows you love, hold onto them! If not, take your time and find another one. If you are in a place to come out to the world, use your music to share your unique experience and the way that you dream this world can be.
Any up-and-coming LGBTQ+ artist you’re excited about?
There are so many! JOESEF is so amazing, Adrian Bello, Ruzzi, Mabiland and Lido Pimienta.
This year, I’ll be celebrating Pride by …
Releasing "NO PUTX" as a Spotify single featuring Tito Fuentes (Molotov) and singing it everywhere. Fiercely and loudly!