Now, the rant: I have written of Mr. Soto previously and those articles have been negative. And why not? In 2011, he was a prime suspect or person of interest in a high profile murder that took place in a hotel in San Juan. He was this close to becoming the OJ Simpson of Puerto Rico. That or he was being set up for something, perhaps by other activists on the island.
Before that, he appeared he appeared on SuperXclusivo, a Puerto Rican gossip/news show broadcast on WAPA-TV hosted by a homophobic puppet character named El Comay. There, he made a comment that was in defense of Kobbo Santarrosa (the man who created, voiced and puppeteered El Comay) and his cohost/sidekick Héctor Travieso, both of whom were involved in a nasty fight with LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano.
And then there was those times in which he appeared on Conexion Cinco, Samantha Love's internet based weekly radio show. It was those appearances that drove me nuts about the man. While speaking on LGBT social causes and local controversies, mostly involving Pedro Julio Serrano, he would start out by saying he wasn't an activist and just your average guy speaking his mind. Then he would go one to rip everyone a new one.
And therein lies the problem. He had all the potential of becoming a formidable activist. He could talk the talk, and walk the walk. Instead, he tended more to act like an apologist than an activist.
For example here he is or was with Puerto Rico's most notorious homophobic pastor, Jorge Raschke:
To be fair, Raschke visited Alex immediately upon learning Soto had been hospitalized after suffering a diabetic seizure. From what I've heard, none of the LGBT activists on the island, including Pedro Julio Serrano bothered, much less or more knew until Raschke showed up and made a thing of it.
That was Alex Soto, He would say the most outrageous things and everyone , friend and foe alike would first get mad, then laugh their asses off until it hurt.
I wish I had the opportunity to meet Alex. In fact, we have, or had mutual friends both here in NYC and in Puerto Rico, that latter which comes as a surprise to me. That's unfortunate, because had I known, I would have reached out and encouraged him to get into the activism arena.
He could have been a contender.