John M. Becker

Ricky Martin: I Bullied People I Knew Were Gay

Filed By John M. Becker | August 28, 2013 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Catholic Church, Catholic guilt, Catholicism, internalized homophobia, Ricky Martin, self-hating homosexual, self-loathing

"I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me. I was ashamed. When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith -- my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me... I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay. I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."

-- Singer, heartthrob, and gay icon Ricky Martin, speaking to GQ Australia about his experience growing up as a closeted, self-loathing gay Catholic.

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