Monday, December 7, 2009

Voice for Equality: Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortíz is an American actress and singer. She is a native of Manhattan, New York but was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a regular cast-member on the ABC comedy-drama series, Ugly Betty, in which she plays the title character's older sister, Hilda Suarez. The role earned her the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2007. On television, Ortiz's resume includes NYPD Blue, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Commander In Chief, Boston Legal, ER, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Over There - her first full-time series role, Kristin and Everybody Loves Raymond. Learn more here.

Ana Ortiz spoke out strongly at Broadway Impact's Action = Marriage Equality Rally on May 17, 2009 in New York City. Among other comments, including a dig at latino State Senator Ruben Diaz for being out of touch with his own people, she said she wanted her soon-to-be-born daughter - should she happen to be gay - to live in a state where she could marry whomever she wanted. [Link] Broadway Impact is a community of actors, directors, stage managers, fans, producers — "pretty much anyone who has ever seen, been in or worked on a Broadway show" — united by the simple belief that anyone who wants to should be able to get married. It is a place for "anyone and everyone out there who loves theatre, is passionate about equality, and wants to know how to sing out and make their voice heard." [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Ana Ortiz as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

If Ms. Ortiz's support inspires you - get involved. Click to support the urgent marriage equality effort in New Jersey here!

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