Ricky Martin Celebrates New Transgender Rights for Puerto Ricans

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Ricky Martin performs onstage during 'One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief' at the Universal Studios Lot on Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. 

Transgender Puerto Ricans now have the option to correct their birth certificates.

The U.S. government just made a hefty stride in equality for Puerto Rican members of the LGBTQ community, and Ricky Martin is thrilled about it. Transgender citizens of Puerto Rico are now able to change their birth certificates in order to better reaffirm their identity.

Martin, who has been openly gay since 2010, proclaimed his excitement on Twitter by quoting the case with a series of celebratory emojis.

Lambda Legal, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to achieving civil rights of LGTBQ citizens, filed a federal lawsuit in April 2017 in an effort to convince the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to grant transgender people the right to correct their birth certificates. After the case was initially dismissed by Puerto Rico, the U.S. District Court denied the motion. Finally on Tuesday (Apr. 3) the Court ordered Puerto Rico to issue accurate birth certificates for transgender Puerto Ricans.

This isn't the first time Martin has vocalized his opinions on LGBTQ issues in Puerto Rico. In 2013, the "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer wrote a blog post calling on his homeland to grand "justice" and "peace."

"Puerto Rico has to join all the countries in the world that are at the forefront of the issue of human rights and equality," Martin said in the post. We're thankful that the U.S. territory is catching up.


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