On March 29, 2010, Ricky Martin came out as gay on a post on his website. “I am very proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” he wrote.
As one of the first mainstream Latin music stars to come out, it was a watershed moment for Latin Pride. With Martin's announcement, gay artists, who had long kept their sexual identities a secret, finally had a beacon of hope. If Martin could come out with his career unscathed, there was hope for other artists in Latin music to start doing the same. They shouldn't have to compromise their personal lives for the sake of their professional livelihoods, especially when they were expressing themselves openly in their art.
Since that point, a growing number of Latin artists have either come out after years in the spotlight, or many have simply started their careers by embracing their gay identities. The latter has been the case for Mexican singer-songwriter Georgel and Mexican-American reggaetonero Solomon Ray.