Friday, April 9, 2010

Ricky Martin fighting homophobia? - By Jorge Amaro on March 31, 2010 –

Ricky Martin shattered a thick-layered glass ceiling Monday in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) justice movement by ending decades of speculation regarding his sexual orientation. In a bilingual blog posted on his website, the Puerto Rican entertainer wrote in English, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” He explained that his unexpected announcement was motivated by the ongoing work on his memoirs which has liberated him from “things that were too heavy…to keep inside.”

The news quickly prompted questions on timing, many again finding themselves asking “when is the best time to ‘come out’?” For me, a proud gay Latino of Mexican immigrant parents, the thought of coming out haunted me for years even though the act itself was less strenuous than living a lie; I ended up having a three–hour long conversation with my mom while driving back home from San Diego one cool April evening. The fear of rejection from our friends and family daunts us all, but for some the stakes are higher. In Ricky Martin’s case, with a global audience and a following of millions of faithful fans, his coming out day was not limited to the confines of a Ford and the intimacy of a two-person conversation with a loving Latina mother in the passenger seat. Read moreBy Jorge Amaro –

Related links:

Homophobia in Virtual Communities - by Tina Indalecio PhD -
Curious Media – Psychology Today – read more

Study: Same-Sex And Heterosexual Couples Have Same Levels Of Relationship Satisfaction And Commitment - read more

“Helpers-in-the-nest” An Evolutionary Role For Same-Sex Attraction?  Association For Psychological Science – read more

Photo - Ricky Martin Foundation 

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals at Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders Due to Discriminatory Policies - read more

Homosexuality A Result Of Genetics And Random Environmental Factors, Says Twins Study – read more

Behind Acts of Homophobia Are Homo-Ignorance and Homo-Avoidance - Dude, I'm Not Gay! - by Joe Kort - Gay's Anatomy – Psychology Today - Read more

Single, Angry, Straight Male... Seeks Same? 
A classic study reveals that young homophobic men have secret gay urges - By Jesse Bering – January 30, 2009 - Scientific American – read more

Sexual Prejudice - Understanding Homophobia and Heterosexism - by Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D - read more

The Closet: Psychological Issues of Being In and Coming Out - By Jack Drescher, M.D. - read more

Sexual Orientation and Homophobia are Formed Early in Life – Columbia University Medical Center – read more

International Day against Homophobia celebrated in Cuba -- three reports from Havana - Mariela Castro Espín – read more

It's The Gays' Fault - The Daily Dish - By Andrew Sullivan - read more 

Marriage Equality -> Restores “Hope of Love” To Children In Early Childhood - read more

Ignorance about human sexuality is harmful to children.

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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