Voice for Equality: Daphne Rubin-Vega
November 24, 2010
Daphne Rubin-Vega is is a dance music singer and actress. Born in Panama City, Panama, Rubin-Vega began her musical career as the lead singer for the Latin freestyle group Pajama Party, placing three songs on the Hot 100 in 1989 and 1990. As a solo artist her biggest success is on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where in 1996 she hit #1 with the song "I Found It."
She performed in the Broadway musical Rent, starring as Mimi Marquez, heroin-addicted nineteen-year-old with Aids who works at the Cat Scratch Club as an exotic dancer. One of her castmates was Wilson Jermaine Heredia, with whom she also starred in the 1999 film Flawless. Rubin-Vega has two Tony Award nominations to her credit: one for her role in Rent and the other for her performance as Conchita in Anna in the Tropics. She won the Theatre World Award in 1996 for Rent. She was also awarded the Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Suspense Thriller for her role in the film Wild Things with Kevin Bacon and Denise Richards. She also appeared in the 2000 production of The Rocky Horror Show in the role of Magenta. Learn more here.
As reported on ontopmag.com, in November of 2010, Ms. Rubin-Vega participated in the HRC's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality project by appearing in videos (both in English and Spanish) in support of the freedom to marry. The effort was aimed at urging the public to vote for and contact members of the NY state Legislature to approve marriage equality. The video appears in a section of the organization’s web site. [Link] See video below: