Serena Freewomyn

Better Know a Contributor: Kate Clinton

Filed By Serena Freewomyn | June 01, 2008 4:30 PM | comments

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Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end of the post.

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time.

Follow me after the jump to find out what Kate thinks about the WNBA and eating out.

1. How did you get involved with The Bilerico Project?
My darling publicist told me to check out what you are doing. She knows everything and mostly I do what she says.

2. What was your coming out experience like?
In fits and starts. Everything speeded up when my younger brother stopped by when my girlfriend and I were having sex and he thought someone was being hurt. Which is why he stood by and listened for about twenty minutes. Is this too much information? That speeded the coming out to the family. My second lover was a Quaker and had no concept of guilt. She said, "I told my sister all about you." I was horrified and said, "Why?" She said, "Well why not?" And I thought, really, why not? I came out at 28. To make up for lost time, I got a microphone and started telling everyone.

3. What's your favorite thing to do when you think no one is looking?
Wear dark glasses, stare at people and make up stories about their lives. By the end of subway ride I have a whole novel about my fellow riders.

4. Who do you think will win this year's WNBA finals?
It would be nice if The Liberty won, because most New York sports teams suck right now.

5. Favorite late night snack?
Have you met my girlfriend?

6. Best thing about being a comedian?
I love to laugh. Love it. To make people laugh is an absolute pleasure. And if they think about things I've said later, it's even better. And getting paid in Euros.

Check out previous interviews with TBP Contributors
Alex Blaze
Don Sherfick
Sara Whitman
Brent Hartinger
Cathy Renna
Waymon Hudson


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I'm wondering that out of 8 profiles--I couldn't access the ones of Jessica Hoffman and Cathy Renna and had to google them--they're all gay or lesbian.

There are a number of trans contributors on this site--I'm not sure how many bi ones there are; I've only come across Jessica Hoffman's "Why I don't Do 'Bi.'" I guess this post makes Hoffman Q.

I think it is a legitimate question, on a site that bills itself as "daily experiments in LGBTQ," where the B's and T's are in your ongoing series of contributor bios, Serena?

It's a big conspiracy, Jessica. The jig is up now that you've exposed us as the frauds we are. In actuality we're just a bunch of Bushites trying to keep the queers down by promoting diversity whenever we can. *sigh* This is your umpteenth comment in the past two days demanding more diversity from the blog while everywhere else on the web we're being praised for being the most diverse LGBT blog out there. Thanks for keeping us grounded.

On to the topic at hand...

Kate Clinton is the funniest woman on the face of the planet If you missed her shout-out to TBP from Creating Change, you should check it out.

I love Kate! Thanks for putting this together, Serena!

I haven't been here long enough to know that Kate was part of TBP. This is wonderful news to me. Thanks everyone!

Chicago60657 | June 2, 2008 11:10 AM

I saw Kate Clinton perform in Chicago earlier this year and found her, frankly, repulsive. Not funny and way too angry.