Archive | March 2010

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Latin Stud Ricky Martin Comes Out Of The Closet.

Ricky Martin came out of the closet today  on his  official website. Of course, no one should be surprised. I knew  Martin was gay when he had twin sons via a surrogate in 2008. I thought to myself,  “Ricky Martin is a  healthy, young, and attractive man any woman would sleep with him and have  his baby. “  A straight man would not use a surrogate unless he is infertile.

Of course, today Ricky Martin confirms that  he is gay. I think some people may say Ricky Martin coming out is not a big deal.

However, people need to remember Ricky Martin is from the Latino community which is a macho  culture.

Coming out is not easy for Latino gay men they have to deal with racial, gender, and sexual oppression.

We must not  utilize Eurocentric identity spaces and apply these white North American values on to the Latin hcommunity. Different communites across the world view homosexuality differently. It is ethnocentric to utilize a North American ideologies about homosexuality and forget Ricky Martin is from a Latin culture.

There are a paucity of high profile Latin American homosexual entertainers. Ricky Martin is also a sex symbol he has a  lot of female heterosexual fans from across the world.

I am sure some of Ricky Martin`s female fans are cognizant he was gay but some women may be crushed because he confirmed his homosexuality. I believe Ricky Martin is very brave and I commend him for having the courage to come out.  I hope the Latino community does not turn on Ricky Martin. I hope the Hispanic community supports him.

Here is Ricky Martin`s coming out statement from his official website:

“A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that  were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating.“

“For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that’s the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It’s my vice.  The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive.  I don’t ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I’m at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I’m feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.“

“Many people told me: “Ricky it’s not important”, “it’s not worth it”, “all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse”, “many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature”. Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth.  Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.“

“If someone asked me today, “Ricky, what are you afraid of?” I would answer “the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war…child slavery, terrorism…the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.” But fear of my truth? Not at all!  On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.“

“These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.“

“What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter. I can only focus on what’s happening to me in this moment. The word “happiness” takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.“

“I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am. “



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