Anna Paquin, Ricky Martin: More Stars Coming Out Than Ever Before

Ricky Martin

Ever since the "Livin' La Vida Loca" era, fans have wondered what team the hip-swinging Latino superstar is playing for.

Just last month, Barbara Walters admitted to the Toronto Star that she was wrong to push Martin to speak about his sexuality in a 2000 interview.

"I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not," Walters told the Toronto Star. "And the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was. A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question."

Despite the Walters interview, Martin went on with his career. He released another album in 2005, called "Life," that made it to number six on the Billboard chart. Several singles from the album reached number one on the Latin charts.

Coming Out in Hollywood

Barrios said that Martin's coming out is a "game changer for gay folks and for Latinos."

"Ricky is a celebrity in English language culture," Barrios said, "but in Spanish language cultures he is a super-celebrity."

"The impact on women that were fans of Ricky when he was in Menudo is going to be profound," Barrios said. "They might have children coming out to them and they aren't going to see gay people as some sort of stereotype. They will see them as Ricky Martin, this person they know and love."

Bragman said Martin's move will start a conversation in the Latino community.

"The Latino community has had issues with homosexuality in the past and Ricky coming out will definitely start a dialogue within the community," Bragman said. "Also, he is living in Florida, a state that doesn't allow gay parents to adopt, and he is obviously a gay parent. Hopefully that will start another dialogue on that subject."

Meredith Baxter

Fans must have been surprised when the matriarch of the Keaton family on "Family Ties" announced that she was a lesbian.

Last December, Meredith Baxter sat down with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show to tell the world she was gay. Baxter, who has been married three times and has five children, said that her attraction to women "was a later in life recognition of that fact."

"It has only been for the past seven years," Baxter told Lauer. "I got involved with someone that I never expected to get involved with and it was that kind of awakening."

By the time Baxter came out on "Today," she said she had been in a serious relationship for four years with Nancy Locke, an L.A.-based general contractor.

Bragman helped Baxter with her announcement.

"We knew the tabloids had the story because Meredith had been seen on a lesbian cruise, and we decided that we wanted to say something before they could," Bragman said. "I helped Baxter understand what to expect as opposed to what to say. I helped her on how to say what was authentic to her, rather than put words in her mouth."

Barrios said that Baxter's coming out forced people to question their stereotypes and "reconsider who a lesbian is."

"When a celebrity who is a mom and who is liked comes out," Barrios said, "It challenges people's truth and they become open to a new opinion."

Kelly McGillis

McGillis has played opposite some of Hollywood's hottest men. She did a fairly graphic sex scene with a young Tom Cruise in "Top Gun." But she now says she is attracted to women.

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