More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Lesbian Comedian Kate McKinnon Joins Saturday Night Live, According to Report
After 37 years on the air, NBC mainstay Saturday Night Live may add its first openly lesbian cast member on next weekend’s show. Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Big Gay Sketch Show alum Kate McKinnon will reportedly make her debut as a featured player on the next new episode, airing April 7.
As AfterEllen has pointed out, the award-winning McKinnon has previously spoken about the unique position she finds herself in as an LGBT comic, saying “As minorities, we’re on the fringe, and there’s just something so wonderful about that perspective, something so inspiring. If you’re a part of that minority, you can make fun of those people while respecting them and lifting them up.”
The last (and only) openly LGBT cast member on SNL was comedian Terry Sweeney, who appeared on the show’s 1985-86 season and became well known for his impression of then-First Lady Nancy Reagan. SNL is currently one of NBC’s highest rated shows.
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