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Mapa, Alec (b. 1965)  
 
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He is a recipient of GLAAD's Davidson Valentini Award for promoting equal rights for the glbtq community.

Mapa and Jamison ("Jamie") Hebert have been a couple since 2002. They registered as domestic partners in California in 2005, and were married in 2008 before the passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. The couple resides in Los Angeles.

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Following his marriage, the domesticated Mapa expressed neither regret nor fear of aging, telling Stephen Lang: "I'm 43. I know I'm supposed to be all weird about aging, but I'm not. I partied like a beast for years. It's a miracle I'm alive and I'm grateful. My twenties were filled with nonstop drama--horrible boyfriends, financial ruin, etc. I didn't like myself very much. I spent my 30's cleaning up the mess I made in my 20's. Now I'm married, have two dogs, and I love my husband as well as my work. I would never trade 43 for who I was at 23."

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Canby, Vincent. "In Love, On to AIDS, Out of Love." New York Times (April 21, 1995): C3.

Duralde, Alonso. "Come Out Laughing." The Advocate 848 (October 9, 2001): 64-67.

Hartigan, Patti. "A Down-to-Earth 'Butterfly'; Alec Mapa Doesn't Let Theater World's Frustration Dim His Sense of Humor." Boston Globe (October 2, 1990): Living, 57.

King, Loren. "Alec Mapa—Funny, Asian and Oh So Gay." Provincetown Banner (August 12, 2009): http://www.wickedlocal.com/truro/fun/entertainment/x769897813/Alec-Mapa-funny-Asian-and-oh-so-gay

Lang, Stephen. "Seven Questions for Alec Mapa." Mark's List (2009): http://www.jumponmarkslist.com/interviews/2009/alec_mapa.htm

Mapa, Alec. "Alec Mapa." Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America. Mitchell Gold, ed. Austin, Tex.: Greenleaf Book Group, 2008. 198-203.

Martinez, Julio. "Mapa Mia!" Daily Variety (February 3, 2003): 16.

Parks, Tim. "Actor Alec Mapa Puts His Best Face Forward." Gay & Lesbian Times 1070 (June 26, 2008): http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=12507.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Mapa, Alec  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2010  
    Date Last Updated February 18, 2010  
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