Like most of the country, Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin is torn up about Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. But while the singer, who is also gay, is grieving and showing solidarity, he’s also refusing to live in fear.
“I Am Gay and I Am Not Afraid,” Martin tweeted. Moments later, the Boricua went to Instagram, where he posted a photo of two men dancing and captioned it, “For all those who just wanted to dance.”
I am gay and I am not afraid. Love conquers all. #PrayforOrlando
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 12, 2016
To further illustrate how fearless he is, Martin made a call to Congress. “The easy access to guns in the United States promotes hate crimes and intolerance. It is time for Congress to act,” he tweeted in Spanish.
The Latin sensation also encouraged his fans on Twitter to donate blood to save victims of the attack, since, being a gay man, he is unable to. He included the hashtag “FDAliftheBLOODbanNOW in the tweet because the FDA prohibits men from donating blood a year after their last sexual contact with another man.
The ‘La Mordidita’ singer came out as gay in 2010 and has since been an activist for the LGBTQ+ community.