At a time when LGBTQ+ rights are increasingly under threat, what Omar Apollo did at an event last week in Miami is nothing less than an act of the purest courage.

Decked out in a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Children of Immigrants,” the Mexican-American artist greeted the audience by shouting, “Where are my homos?” to kick off his song “3 Boys.”

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In a state like Florida, where saying “gay” is banned in schools, Omar Apollo’s rebellious act exemplified his unwavering resolve to use his platform for social change.

Omar Apollo’s fight for authenticity

In an exclusive interview with mitú, the singer emphasized the importance of embracing one’s identity.

“There is no point in hiding the obvious. We are celebrating who we are. I am so happy to be here at this time,” Omar Apollo said.

Such statements have resonated deeply with his supporters, who today see Omar Apollo as a role model in the fight for freedom.

“It doesn’t feel like a responsibility, which is good, because it’s so effortlessly me … it’s not like I have to work towards being gay,” he added.

For this unique artist, being queer, Mexican, and having immigrant parents is inherently political in itself.

Likewise, his musical toolbox includes soul, R&B, rancheras, and indie ballads, which speaks to his versatility as a creative.

And it’s also part of his appeal as an artist.

Omar Apollo can sing in English and Spanish with ease. On stage, he can be a romantic crooner, a rock star, or a Mexican folk singer, like any Latin kid raised on a steady diet of Pedro Infante, Juan Gabriel, RBD, and Luis Miguel.

Grammys, Queerties, and more honors

Omar Apollo’s recent rise to success has been nothing short of meteoric. His debut album, “Ivory,” recently received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, an honor given to albums that have sold more than one million copies.

This remarkable achievement speaks volumes about the impact of Apollo’s distinctive musical style and his ability to forge a deep connection with his audience.

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The music industry has taken notice of Apollo’s talent, as evidenced by his nomination for Best New Artist at the prestigious Grammy Awards. This recognition solidifies his place among the industry’s most promising talents. It underscores his incredible potential for even greater success in the future.

Similarly, this year the Queerties honored him as a finalist for Breakthrough Music Artist, further cementing his status as a rising star.

Omar Apollo, the movie star?

Social media has been buzzing with speculation about Apollo’s next move, fueled by rumors surrounding his involvement in “Queer,” Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated film.

A photo showing Apollo and the acclaimed director together in Rome, where the film is being shot, has sparked a frenzy among fans.

Omar Apollo, meanwhile, confirmed that he was in Rome for his birthday on May 20.

While the nature of his involvement remains undisclosed, possibilities range from an acting debut to a contribution to the film’s music. 

Guadagnino’s previous collaborations with musicians, such as Dev Hynes, have fueled speculation that Apollo’s musical talents could play an important role in the project.

Omar Apollo’s journey is undoubtedly inspiring

While fans anxiously await further details, Apollo continues celebrating his recent successes through his vibrant social media presence.

It is evident that Apollo embraces his newfound success while recognizing its positive impact on his life and the opportunities it can present him.

Omar Apolo’s journey as a rising gay Latino pop star has become a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless others.

Through his unwavering dedication to authenticity, his support for immigrant rights, and his remarkable musical talent, Apollo is making waves in the music industry and the hearts of his fans.

As he navigates the next chapter of his career, the world eagerly awaits his next move and the profound impact it will undoubtedly have.