Adam Polaski

Ricky Martin Gets 'Behind the Music' Treatment

Filed By Adam Polaski | August 15, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Adam Lambert, gay rights, Jarrett Barrios, Latino pop music, LGBT rights, pop music, Ricky Martin, VH1

RickyMartinJump.jpgMore than a few people disagreed with Blabbeando blogger Andrés Duque's decision to list Ricky Martin, the Latino pop megastar who came out as a gay man in March 2010, as one of the most essential LGBT figures in history. But - even if you don't agree with his inclusion at the top of anyone's list, his significance as a hugely successful gay role model for Latin America can't be ignored.

Now you'll be able to learn more about Ricky Martin and how, in the past year, he's been using his fame as a platform to speak out about equality and LGBT rights. VH1's Behind the Music - which, earlier this summer, did a special on gay American Idol alum Adam Lambert - recently profiled Ricky Martin, focusing on his life since coming out.

The special takes a look at Ricky's life with his kids, romance with his boyfriend, and visibility within the gay and Latino communities. A few guest panelists - including former GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios - are on hand to lend more insight into Ricky's career.

"Who wants to feel like a second-class citizen?," Ricky says at one point. "That's what I say about equality. It's not about more rights than you - I want the same. That's all I want - the same."

Check out the trailer below.

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LOL. I made it clear that I was submitting a contemporary list rather than a historical list, thinking along the lines of what should be thought to high school students in California in the wake of the passage of SB48. If I had submitted a historical list, I would probably had mentioned Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Manuel Puig, Frida Khalo, et al. I do thank Bilerico (and you Adam) for reaching out.