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Ricky Martin Inspired Mexican Soap Star Sebastian Ligarde To Come Out As Gay

SEBASTIAN-LIGARDESebastian Ligarde, well-known to Spanish-speaking TV viewers for his villainous role in the popular telenovela Quinceañera, has come out publicly as gay. The 59-year-old actor revealed it was fellow Latin entertainer Ricky Martin who inspired the decision.

“I believe I’m at an age when I can help new values… and to have the courage to accept myself publicly, as Ricky Martin did,” Ligarde told Mexico’s TVyNovelas magazine. “He has been an inspiration for me when it comes to talking about this subject.”

Ligarde also revealed he’s been in a stable relationship for more than two decades.

“I’m gay and I say this with pride,” he said. “No gay person should have to walk down the street with stigma stamped on his forehead. Sexual preference is genetic… and if God and my family knows it, then let the world know it.

By:           Jeremy Kinser
On:           Jun 4, 2013
    • pierre

      If this photo is recent, and showing him to be 59 years old, then I am going to have to start drinking early today!

      Jun 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lexi
    • pierre

      @Lexi: Thanks for that. Maybe I won’t have anything to drink after all……

      Jun 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Emanuel

      @pierre: no need for Drinking lol!

      Jun 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Katbox

      At first I was like what?! When I saw the picture but then I read that he is 59 so…yeah….his career is already over. So who cares.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fael

      @Katbox: I agree 100%

      Jun 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samblade8

      Congratulations on coming out. He also looks really good for almost 60.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx

      @pierre: Dude, looks fade. No one looks great forever.

      @Katbox: Better late than never.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      He waited til his career was basically over….great role model!!

      Jun 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nicaan1

      @pierre: LMAO!!!

      Jun 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kaze

      end of his career, now only gay roles….

      Jun 5, 2013 at 3:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle

      I can’t believe some of these comments
      As members of the GLBT community,our ageism /looksm is really showing. This guy gets no love.and little support because he’s older and not as hot as he used to be. Plain & Simple. If he were younger and still looked like that posted pic, he would be showered with praise and support. He still has value. And the post said he’s on a popular telenovela, (Quinceanera). So he must have a following where he can educate and help open the eyes of some making this world a better place.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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