Wilson Cruz walked the red carpet at the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City and the My So Called Life actor had some kind words for fellow Boricua Ricky Martin, who was being honored with the organization’s Vito Russo Award.
Asked how he felt about Ricky receiving the award, Wilson said, “Incredibly, incredibly proud. I've followed Ricky’s career since we were both little kids and he was in Menudo and so to see him be able to embrace all of who he is and walking his truth is incredibly gratifying and I’m very, very happy for him.”
Upon receiving the Vito Russo Award, which was named after one of GLAAD’s founders, and recognizes an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the community, Ricky was humble and thanked his loved ones for their support—Martin even acknowledged his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez in public for the first time. "I just want to be free,” the Grammy-Award winning singer said, taking in a deep breath. "I can say today I'm free. And for that I definitely need to thank my parents for being so supportive, my mother and my dad for their unconditional love, and my friends, my family, my fans. And my partner in crime and my boyfriend Carlos.”
Ricky also took the opportunity to thank GLAAD for protecting him against hate. “GLAAD has helped me so much," he said. "A couple of months ago I was being attacked by someone in the media in Puerto Rico, and I called GLAAD and I said, 'what do you do because I’m new at this?' And they said, 'don’t worry we’ll take care of it.' They hopped on a plane and went to Puerto Rico, and they did what needed to be done and today Puerto Rican television is one step closer to being free from hate thanks to GLAAD, and I have to share that. You rock," he said.
Ricky ended his speech by asking the organization to help make Latin America more accepting of the LGBT community. “GLAAD, lets go to latin America, and lets share the love, he said. "Lets go to Mexico, lets go to Colombia, lets go to Argentina, lets go to Chile, lets go to Brazil. We need you GLAAD, we need you down there, we need to spread the love in Latina America. I can help. Lets do it in Spanish. I want to be part of this."