Friday, January 15, 2010

Voice for Equality: Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa is an American actor, comedian and writer. Born in San Francisco, Mapa is openly gay and lends his support to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian American communities. On television, he has made guest appearances on a wide variety of programs, including Jamie Foxx Show, Roseanne, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Friends, Murder One and Dharma & Greg. He co-starred with Jason Bateman in the short-lived 2001 comedy Some of My Best Friends. He played Adam Benet in the UPN comedy Half & Half. He recently appeared as Vern, Gabrielle's gay best friend, on the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. He currently plays recurring roles in Ugly Betty, as Suzuki St. Pierre, the gay on-screen host (and the alias of straight—and married—journalist Byron Wu) of the fashion-oriented television channel that covers the inside gossip from Mode and other fashion magazines, and the animated series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, as Rick's flamboyantly gay uncle Bakla. Learn more here.

Mr. Mapa was photographed wearing a White Knot at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, CA on April 18, 2009. The White Knot for Equality organization is dedicated to the idea of marriage equality. One of their quotes is “Everyone should have the right to tie the knot,” and they illustrate this point by producing and distributing White Knots nationally and worldwide. They encourage marriage equality supporters to “wear the White Knot every day to show support and to create conversation. Share the White Knot and spread the word that all loving couples deserve the same legal rights, benefits, and respect that civil marriage bestows." [Link]

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

If Mr. Mapa's support inspires you, get involved.

**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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