Singer Ricky Martin — LGBT History Month Day 22

 

Today’s LGBT History Month icon is singer Ricky Martin.

Born December 24, 1971, Ricky Martin has sold more than 60 million albums and is a Grammy-award winning artist. He is also well known for his human rights work, having set up the Ricky Martin Foundation that tackles issues like child poverty and child sex abuse.

Biography via Equality Forum:

Martin was born Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico, into a Roman Catholic family. His mother is an accountant and his father is a psychologist.

Martin’s singing career began at age 12 with the Latin American boy band Menudo. After completing high school, he moved to Mexico City, where he signed a solo record deal with Sony.

After two successful Spanish-language albums and a sold-out concert tour, Martin moved to Los Angeles, where he was cast as a singer/bartender on the popular soap opera “General Hospital.”

In 1999, he released his first English-language recording. The self-titled album sold 22 million copies and launched the No. 1 hit single “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”

That year, Martin performed at the Grammy Awards and received the award for Best Latin Pop Album. With his good looks, sexy dance moves and dynamic performance style, he became an international superstar.

Martin is the founder and president of the Ricky Martin Foundation. The foundation works to prevent the trafficking of children. In 2005, he received the International Humanitarian Award from the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In 2006, Martin was honored with the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Award. The following year, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2008, Martin had twin sons via a surrogate mother. Two years later, he came out with a post on his Web site, “I am a fortunate homosexual man.”

In 2010, Martin’s memoir, “Me,” was published. In an interview he said, “I want my children to be able to read the book one day and understand the spiritual journey I had to experience.”

Martin lives in Miami with his partner and his two sons.

Below you can see Ellen DeGeneres interview Ricky Martin about his biography “Me” and why he decided to come out:

And below you can see Martin deliver an opening speech at the 2010 HRC dinner:

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  • Me (2010)

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Image taken from the LGBT History Month video, no infringement intended.

45 comments

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

He's awesome!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

So glad he had the courage to come out. I hope he and his children have a healthy and happy life.

Juliet D.
judith sanders4 years ago

I didn't pay much attention to his music, but his charitable work after the Indian Ocean tsunami caught my attention. I think it became apparent back in 2005 that he was gay, but it still was incredibly brave for a Latino man to come out. Why doesn't this article address that fact?

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M.4 years ago

Good for him.

Prinz Lilo
Lilo Prinz4 years ago

thanks Rick for coming out!

Francisco Pepino
Francisco Pepino4 years ago

GREAT

Melissa D.
Melissa Dittmer4 years ago

Ricky is awesome and I'm sure he and his family are very happy. They are lucky to have each other.

Pinke A.
Pinke A.4 years ago

Gay or not gay...just the same!It is his business who he loves! I just love to see him and listen to him! -and oh boy how he moves!

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

I love this guy!!!

Anne Brabson
Anne B.4 years ago

Ricky is so beautiful, especially on the inside...his speech to the HRC was inspiring!