March 29, 2010
Richard Ferraro Director of Communications (646) 871-8011

March 29, 2010, New York, NY - Statement from GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios regarding Ricky Martin’s decision to come out publicly on his Web site today:

"When someone like Ricky Martin comes out, hundreds of millions of people now have a cultural connection with an artist, a celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, a father who happens to be gay," said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). "His decision to model this kind of openness and honesty can lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in U.S., in Latin America and worldwide."

Jarrett Barrios is available for interviews in English or Spanish on the topic. Barrios is the father of two teenage sons. He previously served as the first openly gay and first Latino state Senator in Massachusetts.