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.
In 2012, quite a few famous faces came out as allies of the LGBT community to tremendous effect. Here are ten of our favorite notable quotes from celebrities and public figures that spoke up for LGBT equality in 2012.
An appeals court on Monday upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying: "I'm very much in love with you." Activists said the court's ruling in Yaounde, the capital, marked yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive country in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples. Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, 32, had been provisionally released on bail in July after serving a year and a half in prison.