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The Impact of Ricky Martin

The Impact of Ricky Martin


Pop superstar Ricky Martin says fans tell him there's more acceptance for gay people since he came out last year, according to a new interview with Parade magazine.

While promoting his new album, Musica+Alma+Sexo, and upcoming world tour, Martin was asked about being a voice in the gay community.

Martin is quoted saying, "There's no pressure from anybody. It's something I feel really good about doing. I have been an activist for human rights for many years. Today I'm in touch with who I am and I have the opportunity to be in front of a camera and talk to millions of people. After I wrote the book and went on Oprah Winfrey, so many people have come to me, telling me, 'Ricky, thank you because I understand what acceptance is today.' 'Ricky, thank you. I feel better about myself because you have a very beautiful family and the words "dysfunctional family" don't exist in your life.'"

Parade also discusses how Martin's message has impacted a new generation:

"The other day, I was in a store and there was this 13-year-old child who he told me, 'Ricky, you and me, we are the same! You like boys. Well, you know what? Me too! And this is my mom and she's happy with me today.' Are you kidding me? I had to give him a hug and I had to give his mother a hug because unfortunately -- because of society or faith -- parents struggle. It's all about love."

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