As the countdown begins, Garcia celebrates Pride Month by telling Billboard how coming out has impacted her art and who her LGBTQ+ idol was growing up. Read the Q&A below:
How did the decision to come out impact your art?
I think I have never gained so much credibility in my career. That kind of credibility doesn’t come from songs or lines of thought, but rather from real authenticity.
Did you ever have an LGBTQ+ idol growing up?
I was always a fan of Juan Gabriel, of his versatility, of his way of composing, but above all, that loyalty to himself before anyone else.
Would you say the industry is more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community compared to when you first started your career?
We have taken many steps forward, but we still have a long way to go.
What would you say to new artists who are on the rise and are unsure about coming out?
It is sad that we continue to live in a society that apart from being unequal and we still cannot obtain the same rights, we must make orientation public. I think this is a very personal process, good for each one. I would simply tell them that they are not alone and that they have a community that loves them and does things in their own time.
Any up-and-coming LGBTQ+ artist you’re excited about?
Villano Antillano, I love what she is doing! I think she’s daring, authentic, irreverent, and totally innovative.
This year, I’ll be celebrating Pride by:
For all the victims of hate that still exist in our community, especially my trans brothers and sisters whom I love, value, and work for.