I’m leaving tomorrow night on a bus that will take me to the border town of Ipiales, Colombia. From there I’ll walk over the border and take a bus to Tulcan and then to Quito, Ecuador! I can’t wait! I have a couchsurfer I’m staying with who can speak a bit of Japanese, is fluent in English and an artist. I’m also meeting up with a gay Designer/Filmmaker/Screen Writer/Animation Director, Santiago Rojas, who’s going to arrange a dinner with me and his gay activist friends! I asked him a few questions about the scene in Quito to prepare myself a bit and here’s what he said:
I’m active in the queer scene and it’s quite…awkward I think, in artistic themes there are quite a few open queer artists that express themselves. I think the huge machismo culture that exists here is responsible for that (not to mention the catholic church) there are quite a few dragqueen movements, and no GLBT artist organizations exist, we are…really..3 GLBT filmmakers although there are quite a few open illsutrators and writers.