Ricky Martin Pens Emotional Essay on Orlando Massacre

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Ricky Martin is the latest celebrity to comment on the mass shooting that left at least 49 people dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday (June 12, 2016). Published on Univision in English and Spanish, the singer urges Congress to take action on gun control in a letter titled “I will never cease to fight for love.”

“The tragedy that occurred in Orlando hurts me in so many ways. It hurts me as a man, as a human being, and as a gay person, because so many of the victims were brothers and sisters of the LGBT community,” he wrote. “I am in pain, I am sad, I am angry.”

Martin, who came out in 2010, ended his essay by advising people to take action in order to prevent future massacres. “I ask you to BREAK YOUR SILENCE and call each and every one of your congressman — those you elected into power to represent you and your ideals — 10 times each day until they act,” he continued.  “And most importantly LOVE. Love with all your heart. Love those close to you, and those you don’t even know. Be kind, be empathetic, be compassionate, be generous. Fill your life and words with nothing but love.”

Head over to Univision’s website to read his entire essay.