Archives for October 2011

Monthly Archives: October 2011

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The Courage Campaign Wants Pat Buchanan Fired from MSNBC – Effective Immediately

Pat BuchananIn a press release received by The Seattle Lesbian office earlier today, the Courage Campaign shared reasoning behind their demand that Pat ...
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Travel

Switzerland Tourism Becomes First National Tourism Organization to Join GayComfort LGBT Training

Switzerland Tourism (the official tourism office for Switzerland) has become the first national tourism organization to join the GayComfort training and certification program. ...
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Top News Health National

National Lesbian Health Organization Announces Movement to Reverse the Trend of Lesbian Obesity

A new initiative by National Lesbian Health Organization called Making Our Vitality Evident (MOVE) is aimed at helping to reverse the trend of ...
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High School Students Crowned America’s First Lesbian Homecoming Couple

Rebeca Arellano (L) and Haileigh Adams (R)Rebeca Arellano and Haileigh Adams, seniors at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, CA, became one ...
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Entertainment

Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About Expanding Family with Portia and American Idol Disappointment

  Ellen DeGeneres speaks candidly about coming out to her family – and herself – as well as those American Idol kids in ...
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Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama Supports Loving ‘Whomever We Choose’ and the Repeal of DADT

First Lady Michelle ObamaWhile attending a fundraiser organized by the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama praised U.S. ...
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Entertainment

LeAnn Rimes New Interview: Motherhood, Gay Uncle and Posing for the NOH8 Campaign

LeAnn Rimes, 29, has been under the scrutiny of the public eye since the age of 13 when her first hit, the Patsy ...
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Jesus Ween Exploits Children for the Lord

Jesus Ween Exploits Children for the Lord

I first thought it was a joke, but then I learned that on October 31 there is a new movement called Jesus Ween. ...
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National

SLDN Files Landmark Litigation on Behalf of Married Gay and Lesbian Service Members, Veterans

On Thursday, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced the filing of landmark federal litigation, suing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense ...
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Entertainment

INTERVIEW: The Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson - actor, writer, stage performer, graphic novelist, singer, and homosexual. For five years his work was presented for observation and critique on the Canadian sketch comedy program The Kids in the Hall. A group that started out as an improvisational troupe in Toronto, ON but like all things great—ripe peaches and loose morals—found a home on the CBC thanks to SNL producer Lorne Michaels.

Scott is currently on tour with fellow Kids in the Hall co-star Kevin McDonald, touring the country as "Two Kids, One Hall."

Press is press and there’s a lot of information out there on the web about your career and The Kids in the Hall. Can you share with us why the other comedians from The Kids in the Hall aren’t here with you for the Two Kids One Hall tour?

Oh, well that’s easy. Basically, Kevin and I have the same manager, and he wanted to put us both on the road. And we needed to work. I’ve been dabbling with standup for quite a few years, but I’ve never really given my all to it. So this year I decided that I would. I mean, I got sick for awhile - I had cancer. And I beat it.

Are you doing well now?

Yeah. So when I beat cancer, I decided…I had a lot of time to think, a lot of time lying in….I wasn’t always over the toilet, so I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do. I’ve always dabbled with standup ever since the late 90s when Brain Candy collapsed, and I was on Larry Sanders. I used to do Uncabaret with Beth Lapides, and alternative comedy in Los Angeles. There was a whole gang of them [comedians], and they’ve all gone on to have stellar careers, you know: Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, David Cross, and on and on and on. And I used to just go [to perform standup], but I’d just dabble. I’d do it once a month, every three weeks, but I would never repeat it. The alternative scene was all about being very in the moment, not very joke oriented – although, I am a joke guy. I do love jokes. So, I did it, but it was always just a hobby, something to keep myself sharp, because work was very few and far between. But deep down, I always resented it. I had that classic –

Did you resent standup, is that what you’re saying?

I resented that my career wasn’t going the way that it was supposed to. And I was angry that I wasn’t getting the parts that I wanted. I’m being very honest…I was angry that I never got to show what I could do because, for many reasons, I’m openly gay, and when I started [in the business] it was a very different world than today. There was no such thing as an openly gay performer. There was no such thing as Glee, or any of those things, or Neil Patrick Harris, or Jane Lynch hosting the Oscars. There was no Ellen, there was nothing. So it was very rough, and all I ever got was – if I got parts – they were really boring, neutered gay characters that aren’t really characters…they’re really just vehicles to showcase peoples’ liberal credentials. ...

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