Ricky Martin receives top award from US gay media group GLAAD

Latin pop star Ricky Martin received the Vito Russo Award at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York last week, reports Reuters. For his work as a role model, the singer was given the award named after the late gay activist and film historian.

"I just want to be free," Martin said. "I can say, today I am free." After over a decade in the international entertainment industry, the 39-year-old "Livin’ la Vida Loca" singer revealed that he was gay last year. According to Reuters, Martin has since been hailed as a gay role model especially for Latin Americans.

Martin became a father to twin boys with the help of a surrogate mother in 2008, reports Reuters.

GLAAD also handed out awards to comedian Tina Fey, music mogul Russell Simmons, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the band Scissor Sisters, HBO series True Blood and talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, among others.

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