In accepting an award from the Gay &
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), singer Ricky Martin
thanked his boyfriend.
held its first of three shows in New York on Saturday. Martin
was honored with the group's Vito Russo Award for his courageous
coming out last year on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
In accepting his award, Martin thanked
his family and boyfriend for their support.
“I just want to be free. I can say
today I'm free. And for that I definitely need to thank my parents
for being so supportive, my mother and my dad for their unconditional
love, and my friends, my family, my fans. And my partner in crime
and my boyfriend Carlos.”
Martin added that he wanted to
represent the group in Latin America.
“And GLAAD let's go to Latin America,
let's share the love! Let's go to Mexico! Let's go to Columbia!
Let's go to Argentina! Let's go to Chile! Let's go to Brazil! We
need you GLAAD -- we need you down there, we need to spread the love
in Latin America. Let's do it in Spanish. I can help, I can do it!
I'll be part of it. I want to be part of it.”