her “Fearless, Bold, Unapologetic—and Freaking Hilarious"
in her return visit to Cherry Grove some 30 years later.
are gay resorts, like Provincetown and Fire Island, are so hard to get to?"
she is not scripted is evident as she is lightly grasshoppers from topic to
topic occasionally pausing to regain her footage with miraculously few miss
steps and only a few repetitions as would be expected from this veteran
ACT-UP, Queer Nation, Lesbian Avengers, and many fundraisers . She was one of
the first openly lesbian comedians on Letterman and the first openly lesbian comedian to
have an HBO special -
complaint these days, after all their work, to young lesbians “Can’t you just suffer a
worked with and admired Joan Rivers—“She was a wonderful person", who
taught her that greeting the fans, signing autographs, and posing for pictures
was as much part of her job as performing onstage.
by how universally Gay Pride is celebrated, enthusiastically by young 20 something's
then less and less as the decades mount 'till at 50 Gay Pride is simply not as
exciting "we have to parade again?!!"
has been 50 for 8 years).
age "creeps up" her increasingly frequent loss of "one syllable
words" finds her doing charades to communicate them.
the innovator, she is not fond of easy terms to describe lesbians. She prefers
the term "Sodomites" which is "harder for the Right to usurp".
resentment of cell phones - "You cant slam a phone down anymore".
the gays in the audience she remarks on similarities between gays and lesbians
- "Absolutely nothing" - as illustrated by her lesbian cruise
experiences on which she has performed.
men will arrive with tons of luggage, lesbians are more likely to share a
duffel bag; lesbians will line up 6AM for excursions like hiking and climbing
aware of the need to return to the ship before 2 o’clock bingo; their gay
counterparts seldom peek out from beneath their sleep masks before noon often
deciding it’s not worth the effort.
her family was supportive of her they were surprisingly myopic about her sister
though all the lesbian signs were there (she never dated, played basketball).
"So we were 2 dykes and a virgin Christian".
will fearlessly jump into the alphabet soup that specifies “the letters”—first an
L added to the G, and then BT, but more recently, confusingly, a Q or two, I,
A, "it’s too much!"
evaluating each additional letter before she rebels against any letter that
implies indecision - like Asexual!
in stature but broad in scope, this unique evening was worth the trip (even if
she arrived on a primitive cart).