Ricky Martin has been honoured at an AIDS research event.

In one of his first public appearance since coming out, Martin attended a gala for amfAR’s Aids research in New York City last night.

The Livin’ La Vida Loca singer was honoured for philanthropic contributions he has made to the cause through his foundation.

Other attendees were gay icons were Cyndi Lauper and hostess Kylie Minogue.

Minogue said Martin was “embracing and living life”.

After refusing to answer questions about his sexuality for years, the father to twin boys came out in March.

He posted a message on his website which said: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”