'I am in pain, I am sad, I am angry,' he wrote

By Ariana Bacle
Updated June 15, 2016 at 05:12 PM EDT
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Ricky Martin mourned the victims of Sunday’s Orlando, Florida massacre — where a single gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 at a gay nightclub during its Latin Night — in an essay titled “I Will Never Cease to Fight for Love.”

“The tragedy that occurred in Orlando hurts me in so many ways,” Martin wrote. “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.”

Martin came out as gay in a letter that he posted on his official website in 2010. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” he said in that note. “I am very blessed to be who I am.” In this recent essay, he mentions how the media is “describing this act as a hate crime and an act of terrorism,” and how he feels “the purpose of this senseless act seems clear: to strike terror in the LGBT community.”

“Waves of fear have been spread throughout the LGBT community and our society as a whole,” he wrote after Orlando. “The LGBT community is the latest target of such violence that has included, among others, journalists, office workers, and travelers. Yet, I ask that we stand strong and not give in to fear. We must be unified and bonded by these horrific, cowardly acts designed to silence and suppress us. We cannot allow for hate to win, and we cannot stay quiet and hide.”

He goes on to call for stricter gun laws and requests readers to step in. “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 said. “And most importantly LOVE. Love with all your heart … I have faith in humanity. I refuse to accept that this is the world my children will inherit. I will never cease to fight for love.”

Read both the English and Spanish versions of Martin’s essay below.