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10 Queer Superheroes: Entertaining Us While Saving The Planet (No, Really)

 

WHO IS HE?: The altar boy turned musical theater/soap opera actor is the biggest Puerto-Rican pop sensation since Menudo (which he was also in).
BEST KNOW FOR HIS CHARITY WORK WITH: The Ricky Martin Foundation which fights child trafficking and also promotes health, educational, and disaster initiatives for kids worldwide.
WHY HE MATTERS: As a bilingual entertainer, he’s got worldwide appeal in English and Spanish-speaking countries. Combined with his warmth, good looks and love of children, he’s the ideal ambassador for the young.
QUOTE: “Traveling the world from an early age and witnessing unimaginable crimes against humanity has stolen part of the innocence that I had as a young boy. But that moment of disconnection was many years ago, and thanks to the work that I do with my foundation as a part of my daily life, I’m fortunate enough to say that I have reconnected with that inner child and continue to learn from him. One of the most important things I have learned is to SHOUT to the world when I encounter injustice…”

Some folks greeted Ricky Martin’s coming out with a collective “Meh,” saying that they’d known for years and that it would have mattered more 10 years ago at the height of his American popularity. But that overlooks his continued widespread appeal throughout the Spanish-speaking world. After the Haiti earthquake, he used his celebrity to help fundraise for Habitat for Humanity. He got other celebrities (like the Black Eyed Peas, Will Smith, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, U2, and Stevie Wonder) to donate signed hardhats for an auction to encouraged a ton of other celebs to make a PSA encouraging donations to the earthquake’s youngest victims and their families.