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Fear kept Ricky Martin from coming out

Support for gay marriage among Latinos is growing rapidly according to survey data collected by the Pew Hispanic Center between September and October 2012. With that said, there are still many young gay and lesbian Latinos struggling to find acceptance. Hopefully, they can find strength in positive Latino role models like Ricky Martin.

At a United Nations conference on homophobia on December 11, Ricky Martin explained what he held inside prior to coming out: For many years, I lived in fear … because I was hating myself because I grew up listening to a very crooked concept: ‘You’re gay. You belong in hell.'”

But now Ricky wishes he could come out again, and would tell others questioning themselves, “It’s just beautiful – you find love.”

Like Perez Hilton says, “Here’s to a more respectful, tolerant future global population!”

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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