While it won’t come as a surprise to basically anyone, I think Ricky Martin should be applauded for finally coming out. Why? Because he did. His sexuality has been the subject of gossip and speculation for years, and while it may have been bigger news if he’d come out at the peak of his success everyone needs to come out in their own time, if at all.

Desnudo Words – Ricky Martin
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There is an argument that no one should ever have to publicly declare their sexuality, whether in the public eye or not. Private life does, after all, mean private. The other argument is that every high profile person that does reveal that they are homosexual gives someone struggling with their sexuality someone to look up to. We’ve all gone through that struggle at some point, thinking we are the only gay person, that everyone can tell as you walk down the street.

While Ricky may not be at the top of the charts any more and therefore doesn’t stand to lose endorsements or record deals through discrimination, he is still someone that a gay teenager might look at and identify with. I also think it’s very admirable that he has handled his coming out with class. There is no fanfare, no magazine deal, just an open, honest letter on his website. “Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.” Congratulations Ricky.