Ricky says his journey has taught him an important lesson about living in fear. "It's all in your head," he says. "You just have to get rid of fear and confront the world. Look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, 'I love you and nothing will destroy you and you're not going to fall.'"

As he writes in his book: "Now I am ready to give myself exactly as I am to my public, to my family, to my friends and my lovers. I want my children to be able to read this book one day and understand the spiritual journey I had to experience to be able to accept the joy of being their father. I want to open my heart to them fully and absolutely so that in the future they will never be afraid to do the same."

Read an excerpt of Ricky's memoir, Me


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