Ricky Martin to Perform in Tel Aviv

“I’ve known it is considered to be one of the most accepting places for the LGBT community, and that is wonderful,” Ricky Martin says of Israel

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A decade after his first planned performance in Israel was mysteriously canceled, veteran Latin singing and dancing sensation Ricky Martin will finally get a chance to live la vida loca, Tel Aviv style, on September 14 at the Menorah Mivtahim Arena.

With astonishing good looks and he-man physique, Martin has attracted a large gay following throughout his career, raising conjecture about his sexual orientation. In 2010 he announced that he was gay and has been an active advocate for gay rights, speaking at a UN conference on homophobia in 2012.

Being yourself is a key aspect of Martin’s music, which ties into the LGBT-friendly culture that characterizes Tel Aviv. He says he’s familiar with the city’s reputation, adding that work still needs to be done to support the LGBT community.

“I’ve known it is considered to be one of the most accepting places for the LGBT community, and that is wonderful,” Martin says. “Respecting all citizens should be something natural and an attitude that everyone around the world should carry. Sadly, we all know that this is not a reality.”

Read the full story in the Jerusalem Post