After one of his fans was murdered in a homophobic hate crime, Chilean pop star Anwandter became an ersatz gay rights activist. He told PRI’s The World, “I’ve been a bit surprised now reading press releases or stuff calling me ‘singer and activist.’ I’m like what? I’m an activist? But I guess, I’m fine with it. When I found out that my visibility could actually help get a message across, I felt comfortable with that. So yeah, I guess I’m an activist. A closeted activist.” In his new role Anwandter put his pop music skills to work, creating a musical tribute to Jennie Livingston’s 1990 documentary about New York’s queer subculture, Paris is Burning. The result is a club-worthy song, with a message of equality, love and acceptance. It also happens to have a great beat.
Listen: “Cómo puedes vivir contigo mismo?”