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Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything,
by Kate Clinton

Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything,
it doesn't have to sell out.
Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act;
if it weren't,
more women would do it.
- Kate Clinton

They didn't even like Margaret Thatcher but at least
there was Margaret Thatcher.
There have been women, you know, Sonia Gandhi for heaven's sakes in India.
- Kate Clinton

A friend of mine said, no matter what I do I always
look like an English teacher.
She actually said, you still look like a Campbell's Soup kid.
- Kate Clinton

I'm really happy that I was raised Catholic because
it's given me years of material.
- Kate Clinton

 

Lesbians are likely to be drawn to stand-up,
if only because it's cheaper to produce and therefore
more accessible for women.
But the very form of stand-up is masculine.
- Kate Clinton

When my brother-in-law, BIll Clinton,
was elected, he had gay friends.
That was a coming out.
- Kate Clinton

I consider a CD or a comedy collection as a record of what I've been doing,
and I try to wrap it up and start new material.
- Kate Clinton

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We signed up for Showtime, which I think put us on
a Homeland Security list somewhere.
- Kate Clinton

We really got a lot of very conservative gay people.
You could look at the figures from the last election
and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican.
- Kate Clinton

What goes for sex goes double for politics.
- Kate Clinton

I try something new every night.
It's an hour show; if it works I maybe try it a few
more times and then move that off and try something new.
It's a great workshop for me.
- Kate Clinton

Some women can't say the word lesbian...
even when their mouth is full of one.
- Kate Clinton

I'm happy to say that I'm a lesbian in the world.
I know there are people who don't want to be called women comedians,
but I think it gives a path to the fact that we live
in extremely patriarchal times.
- Kate Clinton

I want to host a religious show.
I'm sure nobody will be wanting the 11 o'clock spot on Sunday morning.
I think we should really get some of our own preachers
and preach that gay is good.
And we'd have a great choir.
- Kate Clinton

As you can imagine I'm disappointed as anything that
I was not selected to be the presidential running mate.
And I find it continually appalling that it would be
a radical thing to have a woman on the ticket.
- Kate Clinton

My style has been pretty much like a newspaper.
It's got politics in it, it's got media,
sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect,
and wonderful religion things.
- Kate Clinton

I definitely want people to laugh because I don't think
there's a better feeling -
I think it's just so fabulous to laugh.
I don't mind if people think, either.
I think the brain is a very sexy organ.
- Kate Clinton

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues:
Lesbian parenting,
the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.
- Audre Lorde

I would certainly never suggest that any lesbian should
be ashamed of her sexual preference.
- Evan Hunter

I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what.
The rest is public relations.
- Jasmine Guy

Our intention is to really explore this transition and,
beyond that, explore the particular things that someone
comes up against when they're gay or lesbian.
- Laura Innes

There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian,
and then I think there are a lot of people who are
kind of some percentage or some version of that.
- Michael Stipe

I'm not even kind of a lesbian.
- Oprah Winfrey

Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a
taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life.
It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male
right of access to women.
- Adrienne Rich

There are lesbians, God knows...
if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties
and fifties in New York...
who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists.
- Audre Lorde

I started going to Madame Louise's, the lesbian club
where all the punk bands used to go -
the Sex Pistols,
the Clash.
I remember seeing Billy Idol walk in there;
he was gorgeous.
- Boy George

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm
a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.
- Judith Butler

It's a cosmic joke that I'm a lesbian,
because I understand men so well but women are a complete mystery to me.
- Lea DeLaria

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness
whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
- Audre Lorde

Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out.
- Harvey Fierstein

I am a writer who happens to love women.
I am not a lesbian who happens to write.
- Jeanette Winterson

After Bound, we were offered a lot of lesbian thrillers.
- Andy Wachowski

I never thought to myself, I'm going to grow up and
fall in love with a man or I'm going to fall in love
with a woman because my mother is a lesbian.
- Ally Sheedy

I have met many feminists who were not Lesbians but
I have never met a Lesbian who was not a feminist.
- Martha Shelley

I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian - even though I'd
like to be one when I grow up.
- Dawn French

I am not a lesbian and I am not a slut,
and somehow I am going to make people believe me.
- Vanessa Williams

I'd rather not be known as the Vice President's lesbian daughter.
- Mary Cheney

After that, I was offered lots of lesbian roles,
but I didn't want them because I'd already played the best there was.
- Radha Mitchell

Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics.
There are social cross-currents.
We see failed marriages.
But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens.
- Earl Blumenauer

I became a lesbian because of women,
because women are beautiful,
strong, and compassionate.
- Rita Mae Brown

I was actually a bit disappointed about the amount of sex in the show.
I think Backus should get out a bit more,
get a relationship, perhaps make her a lesbian.
- Lexa Doig

My mission, I guess, has always been the kind of world
where lesbian and gay people can celebrate who we are with equal freedom,
dignity, and respect.
- John Fisher

You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender -
people are people.
- Judith Light

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.
- Jill Bennett

Well, actually, I'm a bisexual lesbian in a man's body...
but it's more complicated than that.
- Tony Parker

Everyone is their own kind of lesbian.
To think there's a certain way to dress or present
yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into.
- Portia de Rossi

I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing;
its only purpose is to inflame.
- Jeanette Winterson

Women who love women are Lesbians.
Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms,
define Lesbian as sex between women.
- Rita Mae Brown

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition
of the erotic within our lives and,
taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic
not only in sexual terms.
- Audre Lorde

I consider myself a lesbian, but I'm a bisexual lesbian.
- Betty Dodson

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay,
lesbian or transgender or bisexual.
They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.
- Billie Jean King

My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian.
I had to be with her, and I just figured I'd deal with the other stuff later.
- Portia de Rossi

Valentino was apparently gay or bisexual.
And his two lesbian wives.
But without any question, he had sex with men.
From choice.
So he was one or the other.
- Cesar Romero

As a standup, I try to change the world.
As an entertainer, I try to entertain.
And as a lesbian, I try to pick up the prettiest girl in the room.
- Lea DeLaria

John Kerry didn't out me, nor did he offend or attack
me by calling me a lesbian.
I certainly couldn't be offended by the truth.
- Mary Cheney

When Bound was released, Boys don't Cry wasn't out yet.
Therefore it was very taboo to play a lesbian.
I loved the part, because girls never get to play the typical guy parts.
- Gina Gershon

My image had always been very heterosexual,
very straight.
So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify
my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
- Bruce Springsteen

There is so much work to be done to treat gays and
lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect
that they're entitled to.
They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits.
They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to
adoption and immigration.
- John Edwards

There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around
this church who are gay and lesbian,
some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful
bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected.
- Gene Robinson

I think my election is one of several indications that
gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things.
I'd like to think that my election signals my bringing
of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church.
- Gene Robinson

To me, celebrity doesn't mean a whole lot unless you're willing to use it.
So I wanted to use it in a different way,
with my AIDS work, the human rights stuff for the gay
and lesbian community and the speaking I do.
- Judith Light

Marriage commissioners who choose not to marry homosexuals are being fired.
A Knights of Columbus chapter in British Columbia is
in court because it chooses not allow a lesbian group
to use its facility for marriage ceremonies.
The list goes on.
- Stockwell Day

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

A willingness to laugh at itself is what distinguishes
a compassionate religion from a cult.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

So long as you have courage and a sense of humor,
it is never too late to start life afresh.
- Freeman Dyson

One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan


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