Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2022 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.
This June it's Pride Month & Prejudice for Conrad Ricamora. That's because the How to Get Away With Murder and Little Shop of Horrors actor plays Will, the Mr. Darcy character in Fire Island, Andrew Ahn and Joel Kim Booster's queer adaptation of Pride & Prejudice.
"I will say that Pride every year for me is still a celebration. It's a time to go out with your friends to celebrate how far we have all come," Ricamora tells Logo. "Especially in our own personal lives as adults from, being in the closet to where we may be as individuals, and playing Oliver on How to Get Away With Murder has provided opportunities to march in the parade and to take part in different events and represent, not only the gay community but the Asian community. It's something I look forward to every year."
Ricamora's new movie, Fire Island, is not only about a party-filled vacation in the gay haven known as the Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove, it is also about chosen family, and how vital that is in the queer community. A concept that is also important to Ricamora:
"The concept of chosen family means so much to me because I grew up feeling scared to be who I am and growing up and finding other people who had a similar experience and people who loved me for that part of me," he explains. "I felt affirmed in a way that I had never felt in my entire life in a way that I envied my straight friends growing up. And I knew that there was always something that I couldn't share with them. I think it's the reason why that term exists because when you are deprived of something for so long you value it that much more when you find it and that's chosen family."
Get to know Ricamora and the rest of our incredible 2022 Logo30 honorees in the video below.