Chelsea Handler Talks Love for LGBTQ Community, Social Justice, and Marching For Our Lives

Chelsea Handler is keeping her promise to focus on social justice, after she decided to step away from her long career in TV late last year.  These days, she’s trading in her standup comedy routines for intimate and inspiring conversations all over the country.  GLAAD spoke with Chelsea about heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for “An Evening with Chelsea Handler” on April 4 with LGBTQ icon Bruce Vilanch, who received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award in 1997 at the GLAAD Media Awards.

“We’re doing a fundraiser for the LGBTQ community where Bruce Vilanch and I are going to take the stage and he’s going to interview me about life, work, sex, politics, how to get involved in your local community.”

She’s shown the love for the community before- in 2009 she hosted the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco and today she says it’s more important than ever for her to use her high profile to advocate for acceptance.

“It’s your duty as somebody of privilege to stick your neck out for the LGBTQ community.  I feel strongly about this.  They are a marginalized community.”

Since she’s taken a break from television, she says she’s really enjoyed getting to interact with people in a more in depth way.  Chelsea also says she’s pleased to see progress being made all over the country when it comes to diversity in politics.

“This year has been incredible because we have so many amazing LGBTQ people running for office and we also have so many women running for the first time.”

She also traveled to Washington DC with famous friend, actress Charlize Theron to participate in the “March for Our Lives” demonstrations and she says the experience gave her a renewed sense of hope.

“It’s amazing to see these kids that are going to be running our country. It gave me a lot of confidence because these kids are going to be in charge and they’re going to run for office and if that’s where our future’s headed then I’m really, really happy about the prospects of America.”



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She also says that she’s found an even greater importance on people coming together and supporting each other, “A friend said to me, ‘you don’t have to like every woman but you have to be a sister to every woman’ and I feel strongly about that.”

Chelsea, who has never been one to shy away from expressing her views on politics, says she’s ready for change in the White House…so, GLAAD asked what kind of President the world may see first: a woman President or a gay President?

“Hopefully a gay female!”

Tickets for “An Evening with Chelsea Handler” benefitting The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh are available at