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ricky-martinRicky Martin has spoken out at a UN forum marking Human Rights Day, explaining how he “hated” himself for many years due to being gay. After years of denying rumours about his sexual orientation, Martin announced he is gay in 2010.

At Tuesday’s forum, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon continued his calls to world leaders to end laws discriminating against LGBT people.

“Let me say this loud and clear: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are entitled to the same rights as everyone else,” he said. “They too are born free and equal. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their struggle for human rights.”

Martin weighed in on his own coming out experience.

“If I could come out again, I would come out again, because it felt simply amazing,” Martin said. “To all the activists that are here today that opened the doors of light to people like me and to families like mine, thank you so much for what you’ve done – I’ve done nothing.”

“For many years, I lived on fear. I was hating myself, because I grew up listening to a very crooked concept: ‘You’re gay, you belong in Hell.’ It took me a minute to come out, but when I did, it felt incredible. And that’s what I mean: I wish I could do it again. And I wish I could stand in front of the cameras and talk to people that are struggling with their identity, and just let them know that it’s just beautiful. You find love, you find conventions like this where you are simply loved.”

Martin added that he came out gay so that his twin sons would know their father.

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