July 31, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Mexican band honors hate crime victim
Molotov, music, Gay News, Washington Blade

(Promotional photo courtesy Molotov)

ATLANTA—A controversial Mexican band has dedicated the rest of its U.S. tour to a gay Chilean teenager who lost his leg in June during an alleged anti-gay attack.

The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, A Chilean LGBT advocacy group, said in a press release on Tuesday that Molotov made the overture in honor of Esteban Navarro Quinchevil.

Six men reportedly attacked Navarro, 19, with knives, machetes and iron bars in a suburb of Santiago, the Chilean capital, on June 23. The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation told reporters after the attack that the teenager’s assailants shouted anti-gay slurs at him before the struck him in the head, body and one of his legs.

Molotov, which is scheduled to perform at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., on Aug. 26, faced criticism from some local LGBT rights advocates over the use of “maricón” and “puto,” which are often derogatory toward gay men in Spanish, in several of their songs.

The group, which had been scheduled to perform in Atlanta on Wednesday, said it would not use “maricón” in performances during the rest of its U.S. tour in honor of Navarro.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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