6 Gay Latino Celebs Who Are Out and Proud!

Same-sex marriage talk has been buzzing this morning after Republican Senator Rob Portman announced his support of it. According to NBC News, the GOP politician reversed his previous position on issue after his son came out as gay.

The whole news made us think of our Latino celebs who are prime examples of what it means to be out and proud. These are the faces of gay pride in the Latino community. How do you show your pride?

1. Coming Out: Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin, 40

Came Out: Following years of speculation and avoiding the uncomfortable question about whether or not he was gay, Ricky Martin came out of the closet in March of 2010, declaring on his personal website that he was a fortunate homosexual man.

Why we love him: The Evita star's coming out story has helped make being gay less taboo. "The power of his coming out narrative, in coming out with pride — it’s been extraordinary," says Jarrett Barrios, the former President of GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

2. Coming Out: Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton, 34

Came Out: You might say he was born out of the closet. Perez has always been out and proud!

Why We Love Him: When gay teens all around the country started taking their own lives after being bullied in school, Perez changed the way he wrote about celebrities on his popular website, PerezHilton.com and toned down the bullying. The "Queen of All Media" continues publishing videos preaching tolerance. 

3. Coming Out: Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz, 38

Came Out: When the Puerto Rican actor came out to his parents at 19, his mother was shocked and his father threw him out of the house, forcing Cruz to spend the next few months living in his car. However, Wilson and his father later reconciled. 

Why We Love Him: Wilson was playing an out and proud character on TV (Rickie Vazquez on My So-Called Life) at a time when there were no other gay Latino characters on TV. There are more gay characters on TV today because of him.


4. Coming Out: Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra, 34

Came Out: The Mexican-American designer was already openly gay when he appeared on the 8th season of Lifetime's Project Runway, but on the show, Mondo came out as HIV Positive (he had been keeping it a secret for 10 years). 

Why We Love Him: Mondo is a gay rights advocate who speaks openly about gay rights and HIV/AIDS. 


5. Coming Out: Christian Chavez

Christian Chavez, 28

Came Out: In 2007, the RBD singer revealed that he was gay and said that he had not been open about his sexuality out of fear of rejection, of criticism, and especially because of his family and the consequences that being gay would bring.

Why We Love Him: Chavez's story of self-acceptance is one that many gay youths can relate to.

6. Coming Out: Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez, 27

Came Out: The Tacoma, Washington native came out to her religious parents as a teenager. Even though it wasn't the easiest thing to do, Vicci says she has no regrets about it. "It was hard for me coming out to my parents," says Martinez, who adds that she'll never again hide who she is. "I’ve already gone through that hurdle and I’m not going to go through it again. I’ve had people say, 'Well, why don’t you just keep them guessing? You can hit all the markets.' No. Especially if you’re with somebody; it’s so disrespectful," she says.

Why We Love Her: The girl’s a rock star—not just because she can jam out to songs like Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"—but also because she’s got the guts to live life by her own definition. 



7. Coming Out: Related Links