In the midst of a twitter feud last night, rapper Azealia Banks called blogger Perez Hilton “a messy fa**ot” after a heated back and forth, and defended herself by saying she has a different definition of the word. Unfortunately her personal definition doesn't negate the damage the word causes.
Once, when Mexico was the bellybutton of the universe, Isabel Vargas Lizano ran away from home and resolved to make herself into a Mexican singer. This was in the 1930s, when Europe was on fire, the U.S. out of work and Mexico busy giving birth to herself after a revolution.
At 14, Isabel was busy birthing herself, too. Cast off from her Costa Rican kin for being too strange, she would become Mexico’s beloved Chavela Vargas.
Fundraising will always be a challenge for independent creators, but crowd sourced funding websites give projects that might have been overlooked in traditional channel a renewed chance for success, and have been particularly useful for many LGBT creators hoping to share their stories through independent media. Here is a list of 15 LGBT-inclusive fan-funded success stories from 2012.