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Ricky Martin dedicates prize to Chile anti-gay attack victim

Ricky Martin dedicates prize to Chile anti-gay attack victim

Latino singer Ricky Martin has dedicated his GLAAD Media Award to a Chilean man who was viciously attacked by neo-Nazis.

The star, who publicly came out in 2010, received the Vito Russo Award for his role in combatting homophobia at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award ceremony this weekend.

Tweeting the next day, he said: ‘Last night I won a @glaad award! I am honored and thankful and would like to dedicate it to #DanielZamudio and his family #Chile.’

Daniel Zamudio has been in a medically induced coma from which he is unlikely to wake up from since being attacked by suspected neo-Nazis in Chile’s capital city Santiago on 3 March.

The 24-year-old suffered severe head injuries, a broken right leg and had swastikas drawn on his chest.

Chilean gay rights group Movilh say they will pursue all possible legal action once more details become available.

The brutal assault has led to the country's Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter to push through anti-discrimination legislation which is currently being considered by the Chilean congress.

Discussion on the anti-discrimination law started in congress in 2005 and was passed in November, 2011. The law included measures against discrimination of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

However, on 4 January, the Constitutional Tribunal, headed by a group of senators from Chile’s conservative Independent Democratic Union, put forward an amendment revoking Article 2 of the law, which applies to sexual diversity.

Pressure has now been mounting for the government to reinstate the full law, following the attack and after the names of UDI senators who opposed the bill was leaked and circulated on social networking sites.

Movilh has recently announced that it intends to make a formal request to the government renaming the anti-discrimination legislation to the Zamudio Law.

‘We believe that the ethical and moral impact that has been generated by the situation of Daniel and his family, merits the anti-discriminatory law, that has been discussed for seven years, should bear his name,’ Rolando Jiménez, president of Movilh, told the Santiago Times.