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Enrique Santos: Evolution of Latin shock jock, who came out as 'proud member of LGBT community'

BY JORDAN LEVIN, jlevin @miamiherald.com

When Enrique Santos was attending Jose Marti Middle School in Hialeah, or registering to vote Republican like the rest of his Cuban émigré family, or becoming an exile hero for prank calling Fidel Castro on his hit radio show El Vacilon de la Manana, he never would have imagined he’d end up where he was Tuesday night.

But there he was, onstage at the Fillmore Miami Beach, emceeing a fundraiser for Democratic President Obama, speaking (mostly) seriously about healthcare and immigration policy, and announcing to the world that he was a “proud member of the LGBT community.”

“What happened is I’ve evolved, the same way all of us do,” Santos said Wednesday morning at a Design District café. He was red-eyed after celebrating his debut in the political big-time into the night, then rising to host his 6 a.m. show on Miami station Mix 98.3 FM.

“We live, we learn, we’re not the same person today we were yesterday.”

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