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Martin also talked about the institutionalized homophobia he encounters every day when he is told in interviews and by fans on social media to stop talking about LGBT issues.
"People that used to listen to my music say, "Ricky stop it! Stop talking about LGBT issues. We understand. You're gay. That's it. We're tired of that subject...It brings back the fear again - self esteem issues kick in...I guess I'll use my music to talk about this as well."
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Read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's remarks HERE.
Ricky Martin took a break from his busy Broadway schedule to chat with the Huffington Post about his work fighting HIV/AIDS and how people's minds still need to be expanded when it comes to the disease's demographics.
"It's really sad when people say, 'Yeah, that's an issue for gays,' because it's not only the gay community that's struggling with AIDS -- it's [heterosexual] men, women and children, too," he said.
"For many years I did it quietly, because I had this conception people might think I was doing it for recognition, until I talked to real activists who told me, 'Dude, you need to talk about this, because people listen.'"
And if they're not listening, they're definitely looking at Martin when he drops trou for the non-profit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (see right).
Martin and Wong also discussed President Obama's reelection, which Martin describes as "nothing but light."
"If we went the other way, it was going to be like going back in time. As a Latino Puerto Rican U.S. citizen that can vote for the president, it was very beautiful to see minorities getting together for democracy, for freedom, for civil rights," said the singer and Evita star.
Ricky Martin dropped a pantsless shot on his WhoSay page:
The 40-year-old will be auctioning off his trousers for charity to help benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that's actively raised funds to help AIDS-related causes for more than two decades now.
"We even ended up auctioning my pants WTF!!! LOL Terminamos subastando hasta mis pantalones jajaja @BCEFA," the star tweeted.
Ricky Martin is headed to television, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
The multi-platinum singer, who recently appeared on an episode of Glee and is currently starring in Broadway's Evita revival, has signed a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal that will see him developing his own starring network TV vehicle.
Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria announced the news on Monday. “Ricky is an iconic superstar who is as talented as he is popular,” she said. “Whether he’s performing before sold-out concert crowds, or starring on Broadway, where he is currently playing to SRO in Evita, Ricky connects with his audience in a very palpable way -- and we are thrilled that he will be adding TV star to his incredible resume.”