Alec Mapa, best known for his recurring role as fashion reporter Suzuki St. Pierre on ABC’s Ugly Betty, is performing in his first LA Pride this weekend.
It’s a bit surprising since the actor, stand-up comic and self-proclaimed ‘America’s Gaysian Sweetheart’ has long been out and proud and lives in Los Angeles.
‘For an out performer, June is like December if you’re playing Santa Claus or an elf. You get invited to all the Pride events everywhere,’ he tells Rage Monthly. ‘I’d been asked to perform at LA Pride before but this is the first time our schedules finally aligned. I’m absolutely looking forward to it.’
Mapa is reminded that his appearance comes just a few weeks after Queen Latifah appeared in her first Pride event just south of LA in Long Beach.
‘I know, what’s that about?’ he wondered.
It had been widely anticipated that the notoriously private Latifah would come out at the event but she did not.
Mapa doesn’t think she needs to bother saying: ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t think Queen Latifah is a lesbian?’
Mapa’s stand-up material is typically off-color but when he performs Sunday (10 June) at the Pride festival, he promises ‘I’ll be keeping my language as clean as possible since it’s outdoors.’
‘But I’ll be taking on all the hot topics of our time, meaning gay marriage,’ he added. ‘It amazes me that my relationship and my family are the subject of such debate and division, that some people are scared of us. If those people came to my house, they would see me doing laundry and steaming broccoli and making macaroni and cheese. What’s so scary about that?’
Other stars performing over the weekend are singer Belinda Carlisle, American Idol alum Frenchie Davis, Beverly McCellen of The Voice, and comic Fortune Feimster, among others.
Actress Molly Ringwald is grand marshall of Sunday’s Pride Parade. Also riding in the parade is Chaz Bono who is being honored as person of the year and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, recipient of the George Moscone Ally Award.
More than 400,000 people are expected in West Hollywood throughout the weekend. Here is a LINK to the full schedule.