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Legendary openly lesbian singer Chavela Vargas dies at 93

By Brian Pacheco| Via: GLAAD
Monday, August 6, 2012

After a seven-day battle with respiratory problems, the legendary openly lesbian singer Chavela Vargas passed away Sunday, August 5, in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The world-renowned Costa Rican-born Mexican singer came out as a lesbian at the age of 81.

In her decades-long career, she produced 80 albums and appeared in films such as Pedro Almodovar’s “The Flower of My Secret” and Julie Tymor’s “Frida.”

Chavela Vargas

At 14, Vargas left her native Costa Rica and moved to Mexico to pursue musical career opportunities. There she challenged mainstream gender norms and was famous for her public liaisons with women, including a brief affair with painter Frida Kahlo. Notably, she purposely did not change the gender in songs written by Mexico’s most famous male songwriters.

As Andrés Duque reported in Blabbeando, for this year’s Latin America and Spain’s Lesbian Visibility Day on April 26 , Vargas tweeted an image of herself along with a caption that said “Proud to be the way I am,” and also “Lets raise our voices since we’re not invisible.”

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18 more reader comments:

  1. R.I.P.

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:56pm
  2. Rip

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:57pm
  3. RIP

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:57pm
  4. Rest in Peace

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:57pm
  5. May her Memory be Eternal

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:59pm
  6. Prayers are with Her Family…. Rest in Peace Dear Lady…..

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:00pm
  7. she is amazing Mexico has lost and angel… although not Mexican born she was Mexican at heart

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:02pm
  8. RIP

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:05pm
  9. She was simply amazing!

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:11pm
  10. :(

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:14pm
  11. RIP

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:17pm
  12. May she rest in peace

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:42pm
  13. En Paz descanse.

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 11:35pm
  14. RIP dear may your soul rest in peace

    Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 11:43pm
  15. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:00am
  16. R I P

    Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 2:11am
  17. thank you for all you gave and god bless you

    Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 6:44am
  18. 93 wow……. now she will sing up in the heavens…. with angels as backup singers….. ROCKIN HEAVEN OUT…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:35am