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“Pariah” Star and Director Join HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign

Americans for Marriage Equality USA​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Today we released a video featuring Kim Wayans and Dee Rees – star and director, respectively – of the highly-anticipated feature film, “Pariah,” for its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.  In the ad, both women speak out in favor of gay and lesbian couples getting married nationwide, with Rees explaining, “Lesbian and gay couples’ stories are just as real, and just as romantic, and deserve to be told.”  The video can be viewed online at


“Pariah” tells the story of Alike, an African-American teenager who comes out as lesbian and the struggles she endures in her family and her community.  An official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is set for release Friday, January 6. 

This is the eighth video released by HRC for the Americans campaign.  Past videos feature Scott Fujita, Josh Charles, Katori Hall, John Leguizamo, Julian Bond, Mo’Nique, and Cory Booker. 

About 53% of the American public supports marriage for same-sex couples, according to a number of nonpartisan polls, including Gallup, CNN, and Washington Post/ABC News.
Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.  The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, political and civic leaders. 

For more information on the campaign or to see the videos, visit



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