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Fear kept Ricky Martin from coming out

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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!”

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