The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today that it will honor Grammy Award-winning singer, Ricky Martin with the Vito Russo Award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday March 19th in New York City.
Named after one of GLAAD’s founders, the award recognizes an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the community.
After coming out of the closet via his website in March of 2010, Ricky has been speaking out for LGBT equality in both English and Spanish-language media. He's also starred in anti-gay bullying PSA's and encouraged acceptance and understanding of all people while promoting his new album, Musica+Alma+Sexo, and his best-selling autobiography, Me.
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said Ricky has had a significant impact on Latinos especially. "Ricky coming out was a game changer for many gay and transgender Latino children, who for too long, did not have many out gay people to look up to," she said. "Through his music, videos and interviews, Ricky has sent an important message that our community wants the same things all people do: an equal chance to raise our families and take care of our loved ones."
In addition to receiving the award, Ricky's touching 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show is also a nominee for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode.