I love witty. I love mental strength. Just being secure. With all the stuff I come with, you have to be someone who is sure of himself. That turns me on. Somebody who is very sure of themselves without being arrogant – smart, witty, has a career. Somebody who is very open-minded about things. That’s what I love. Adventurous is the word.
—Ricky Martin on the type of guys he'll date … but in the future, should his current relationship end, is what I'm guessing he means [via]
Today's Ricky Martin interview with Oprah was pretty sprawling, but I'm still gonna buy the book! They covered everything from having his heart broken (for a man he was willing to give up his career for) and coming out to his parents to, yes, his romancing the ladies.
Blabbeando has a page full of leaks from Ricky Martin's forthcoming autobiography translated from the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora. The book, Me, goes on sale tomorrow.
In the book, Martin says he has always known he is gay:
"Since I can remember, I have felt a very strong attraction to other men and, although I can say that I have also come to feel a lot of attraction and a lot of chemistry towards women, it is men who ultimately awaken what is instinctive, the animal in me."
[Martin] says that as soon pressed the button "send" he shut down the computer and went to his room to sleep for half an hour, but [he says] curiosity killed the cat. He then called a friend and asked her to look at his Twitter time-line and tell him what was happening. Then he experienced more relief. "She said, 'Kiki, it's pure love…"
"And then all that fear I felt, the fear many people have at the moment they come out of the closet, it was just in my head. I know that maybe this is not the case with others when they decide to do it – there are those who are faced with a painful wall of misunderstanding and rejection – but I can say my own experience was nothing but positive and empowering," he says.
Martin also says he is currently single and raising his kids on his own, but describes his first romantic relationship with a man:
"We met at a radio station and from the moment we saw each other it was like a great encounter between souls, at least for me. I was traveling out of Los Angeles and went to the station for an interview. The moment I opened the door to the studio, I found myself face to face with the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen."
Stephen Fry claims to know straight women: "I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want. Of course, a lot of women will deny this and say, 'Oh no, but I love sex, I love it!' But do they go around having it the way that gay men do?"
Julianne Moore on gay parents: "I really think a two-parent family is the goal. I think whether they are men or women, or a man and a woman it's all pretty good."
Hate crime: wig snatched off of Fargo drag performer JustNtyme's head after assailant calls him a "faggot."
Courage Campaign mounts drive against Texas television station for its homophobic newscast about marriage equality.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs releases report on LGBT domestic partner violence in the United States: "The report found that LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence reports rose 15% since 2008 and is a pervasive social problem at a time when LGBTQ-specific programs were losing staff or closing altogether due to the economic crisis. In 2009, NCAVP documented 6 murders related to LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence, representing a 50% rise since 2007."
Watch the trailer for Out: The Glenn Burke Story, a documentary about the first openly gay MLB player.
Zach Galifianakis smoked during a live taping of Real Time with Bill Maher – and I don't mean a cigarette.
Steve Rothaus has excellent coverage of the news that the Attorney General of Florida decided not to appeal the Gill case decision. He’s got statements for the key playere, including McCollum. I really like Steve’s post with this quote from plaintiff Martin Gill:
“This is the first time I felt a sense of closure, finality,” Gill told me Friday night during an ACLU reception at the Shore Club hotel in South Beach. “I really felt relieved for the first time — and a sense of pride for what we accomplished for the state of Florida.”
And, check out the photos from last night’s party, especially this one.
In the tight gubernatorial race, Democrat Alex Sink has said she would support same-sex adoptions, while her opponent, Republican Rick Scott opposes it.
“What I believe is marriage is between a man and a woman . . I believe that children are raised in a more healthy environment if they are raised by a married couple,” said Scott when asked in Wednesday’s debate whether he thought homosexuality is immoral.
In the race for attorney general, Democrat Dan Gelber has praised the appeals court’s decision and agrees gays should be able to adopt. His opponent, Republican Pam Bondi, has said she opposes gay adoption and has pledged to pursue an appeal.
Florida's Department of Children and Families will not appeallast month's state appeals court ruling declaring unconstitutional the state's ban on gay adoption, which uphold the November 2008 ruling of a lower court. It's great news for Gov. Charlie Crist, who can finally stop forgetting whether he supports it or not. DCF will modify its adoption forms so applicants are no longer asked if they are gay (!). There's still one possibility of appeal: Attorney General Bill McCollum, lover of rentboy patrons, could move ahead by himself.
Is Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley suddenly on board with legalizing same-sex marriage there? The Catholic governor, who's up for re-election in November, last year criticized D.C.'s Catholic Church for threatening to yank its social services programs upon the legalization of same-sex marriage. Is he finally ready to hold himself to a similar standard?
OH SNAP — Victor Gonzalez Jr. stands next to his No. 5 car, sponsored by the Ricky Martin Foundation. The NASCAR driver is plenty proud to be underwritten by the gay singer's social justice non-profit. [Q4G]
The young man, who was not identified by name, suffered a broken nose and will have surgery next week to repair the injuries inflicted in the attack. He told Pink News: “I was bombarded with punches, I didn’t know where they were coming from. They were shouting, ‘what the f**k are you wearing?!’ I can’t even get on the train without suffering abuse. It’s everywhere I go. I wear colourful stuff, and lipstick, but if I didn’t it would be restricting how I want to be.”
He also said he had been attacked before, and that his ex-boyfriend needed extensive surgery after being assaulted 18 months ago.
Gay trainee policeman James Parkes was hospitalized with a fractured skull after being set upon and beaten by a gang of young men in Liverpool in October, and in August 2008, gay 18-year-old Michael Causner died after being beaten by two other teens, also in Liverpool.