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Martin, Ricky (b. 1971)  
 
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The revelation took almost no one by surprise. Although Martin had hesitated to make it because of the repeated warnings about damage to his career, in the event both fans and fellow musicians rallied around him and expressed their support.

It may well be that Martin will emerge as a significant voice on behalf of gay rights in the Latino communities. The support that he received upon his public coming out seems to have emboldened him to speak out on other public issues. For example, soon after publicly coming out, in response to an bill passed in Arizona that authorizes police to stop and question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally, Martin issued the following statement on his Twitter page: "Equality is understanding that we all come from the same place. Racial profiling should never be tolerated in the U.S., or anywhere in the world."

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In 2000 Martin created the Ricky Martin Foundation for the welfare of children to promote education, ensure health care, and eliminate human trafficking. He appeared before the International Relations Committee of the United States House of Representatives in 2006 to urge ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In conjunction with Microsoft, the Foundation established the Navega Protegido project to educate parents, teachers, and children about Internet hazards such as predators and identity theft.

Martin's work on behalf of children has taken him to venues around the world and earned him honors from various groups, including the U.S. Department of State, which designated him an International Hero in its 2005 Trafficking in Persons Report in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

In a VH-1 "Behind the Music" special in August 2011, Martin discussed both his relationship with his partner of four years Puerto Rican financier Carlos Gonzalez and his commitment to the struggle for equal rights.

In the special, he describes Gonzalez as follows: "My boyfriend is very sexy, very smart, very compassionate. But most importantly, he loves my children. . . . It is very beautiful. Super cool. I'm very happy.

The Spanish government announced on November 4, 2011 that it had extended Spanish citizenship to Martin. The government spokesman announced that Martin had been granted a "letter of naturalization" issued under special circumstances because of his "personal and professional associations with Spain."

Upon this announcement, speculation erupted that Martin sought Spanish citizenship so that he and Gonzalez can wed in Spain, which in 2005 became the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

Speculation is that Martin and Gonzalez, who are jointly rearing the twins, want to marry in Spain in order to secure the greater legal protections afforded non-traditional families in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

"Barbara Walters Regrets Ricky Martin Interview." Popeater.com (March 9, 2010): http://www.popeater.com/2010/03/09/barbara-walters-ricky-martin-interview/

Cobo, Leila. "Music with Latin Flavor." Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) (May 18, 1999): B1.

Galaz, Mábel. "Calló por miedo a perder fans." El País (Spain) (March 31, 2010): 43.

Griffiths, John. "Ricky Martin Cross Appeal." The Advocate (July 6, 1999): 26.

Laudadio, Marisa. "Ricky Martin Proud to Be Gay." People Weekly 73.14 (April 12, 2010): 79.

Morgan, Sally. "Interview: Ricky Martin." The Mirror (December 9, 2000): Features, 4-5.

Ogunnaike, Lola. "Crossover Star Tries Crossing Back." New York Times (May 20, 2003): E1.

Ricky Martin Foundation: http://www.rickymartinfoundation.org/english/about_rmf/about_rm.aspx.

"Ricky Martin Slams Ariz. Immigration Law." The Advocate (April 26, 2010): http://www.advocate.com/Arts_and_Entertainment/Entertainment_News/ Ricky_Martin_Slams_Arizona_Immigration_Law/

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Martin, Ricky  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2010  
    Date Last Updated November 6, 2011  
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