talks about the target controversy, gay marriage and her new album “Miss Little Havana.” in an exclusive interview with Pride Source. Here are the highlights:
About the deal with Target:
To my gay fans, I would say this: Always go with your heart and do what you need to do, because I think that every human being needs to stand on principle. But I’ve got to tell you: I would never work with someone who is anti-gay.
I know that they donated to a third party who then donated to this candidate and – I did my homework – since then they donated $150,000 to that candidate. They apologized profusely for having done so, and they have established an actual committee that oversees all political donations to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. They’ve also donated a half-million dollars to LGBT organizations. They’re part of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. They give domestic partner benefits. They have 300,000 employees that are from all walks of life, and it’s very important for them to be supportive. They’ve extended family medical leave benefits and adoption benefits to their gay employees. They’ve really supported very much their gay peeps.
Believe me, in my own life I’ve gone through a lot of these things. When I had Obama at my house, I got nailed by the Cuban community – even though I’m not affiliated politically. Sometimes the information you want to get out there doesn’t, because the first thing that blows up is what people hear.
So I will always respect what (my gay fans) want to do, but I have a long history with Target. I’ve put out my children’s book, we’ve done programs for the troops – they really have been very supportive, so I would say: Do some more research, check out what Target has done to make up for its gaffe – and they know it was a gaffe. It was lack of information, not knowing everything about everybody that your money goes to. I was actually very surprised when that whole Target thing happened, but I know how these things happen. I’ve been on other side of that. So give them another shot and if not, I respect very much whatever they may want to do or need to do to stand up for whatever principles they’re upholding.
I just want them to know that I’m so supportive of the LGBT community. They’ve been a big part of my success and they’ve always been there for me. I would not want to do anything that hurts them.
On being A gay marriage supporter:
Of course I am. I think everyone should be able to marry who they love, and it just should be.
On being a great Drag Queen Inspiration:
I don’t know, but I got to tell you: I love it! Every time I see them, I say, “They do me much better than I do,” because I’m the reluctant diva. I didn’t like being the center of attention, but I had different looks that they were able to reenact – the one in the chaps and the “Mi Tierra” dress – and “Everlasting Love” celebrated all those different looks. I just feel fortunate that somebody would want to do me. (Laughs)
On his gay followers:
That’s my core audience. These are the people that broke me in a lot of clubs. My gay following has always been cutting edge in music and discovered my stuff before it ever became big on radio. The very first remix we did of “Dr. Beat” was done by a guy named Pablos Flores who became huge in the dance market after that, but he used to spin at a gay club in Puerto Rico and we found out he was a big fan. So they’ve always been a big part of my career.
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