Kate Clinton is an award-winning politician humorist, a stand-up comedian for thirty years, she travels through the theaters and you will be able to discover her new show 2012 All Fracked Up Tour.
She is a talented writer too. Her latest book, I Told You So, is described as a hilarious, bittersweet, politically acute survival guide.
Kate is also a political activist attending LGBT events always ready to militate for the community or writing articles published on internet. In this interview, Kate shares her point of view over this year of elections but also on women visibility in the media.
Lezbelib: You recently performed a new tour celebrating your 30-year career, 2011 Glee Party Tour ! This year, you are back with a new tour, what are the main themes you cover in this show?
Kate: MY 2012 SHOW IS "ALL FRACKED UP" AND WILL ADD TO MY FAVORITE TOPICS: LGBT LIFE AND POLITICS, THE MEDIA, SPORTS, PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION, RELIGION, FEMINISM. I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT - THE ANTI-SCIENCE PEOPLE, THE CLIMATE DENIERS, PIPELINES, FRACKING-INDUCED EARTHQUAKES. THOUGH THE TOPICS SEEM DIRE, I SWEAR TO GOD YOU'LL LAUGH.
Lezbelib: What are the changes you have noted as a lesbian since the beginning of your career? Would you say it is easier now?
Kate: BECAUSE OF FORTY YEARS OF LGBT ORGANIZING AND AGITATING, THERE IS MORE LGBT AWARENESS AND WE HAVE LOTS OF STRAIGHT ALLIES. PEOPLE ARE LESS HOMO-IGNORANT SO I DON'T HAVE TO DO A LOT OF EXPLAINING BEFORE A PUNCHLINE. I GUESS THAT'S A GOOD THING, ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES I LONG FOR THOSE HOT STEAMY TIMES OF SECRETIVE SEX. COULD BE MY CATHOLIC ROOTS.
Lezbelib: You use to speak about politics, I suppose this elections year may inspired you, what are you waiting from 2012 elections?
Kate: IN THIS ELECTION I WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE HOW WHITE RACISM PLAYS ITSELF OUT, HOW THE SUPREME COURT CITIZENS UNITED DECISION ON UNLIMITED ANONYMOUS CORPORATE MONEY WILL CORRUPT THE PROCESS FURTHER, IF THE RIGHT WILL BE ABLE TO USE LGBT ISSUES AS WEDGE LEVERAGE AGAIN, VOTING RESTRICTIONS - AND OF COURSE I'LL BE WATCHING FOR MSNBC'S MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY'S EVERY WORD.
Lezbelib: After having elected Obama as president, a lot of LGBT's were disappointed by him arguing he did not respect his promises to the community but, in these two last years, we saw some important changes like DADT's repeal and the legalization of the gay marriage in New York for example, do you think it will be sufficient for Obama to obtain LGBT votes or do you think he will have to openly support gay marriage on a federal level?
Kate: AFTER 8 YEARS OF PRESIDENTIAL DESPAIR WITH GEORGE BUSH, A BIT OF PRESIDENTIAL DISAPPOINTMENT WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A GOOD THING. IN ADDITION TO REPEALING DADT AND SAYING THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL NO LONGER DEFEND DOMA, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS HIRED MANY LGBT PEOPLE TO WORK THROUGHOUT GOV'T AGENCIES. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON, SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GAVE AN HISTORIC SPEECH ON GAY RIGHTS TO A UN TRIBUNAL. IT WAS A SPEECH I NEVER IN MY LIFETIME THOUGHT I WOULD HEAR. MERE MARRIAGE EQUALITY PALES IN A MUCH LARGER INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WINS A SECOND TERM HE COULD RATIFY FEDERAL MARRIAGE EQUALITY. THEN THE POPE WILL PITCH AN EPI AND ME AND MY GALPAL WILL BE UNDER EVEN MORE PRESSURE TO GET MARRIED.
THE SHORT ANSWER: ON HIS WORST DAY, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BETTER THAN THE BEST ANYTHING THE GOP WILL PUT UP.
Lezbelib: On Lezbelib, we propose daily news in order to keep informed our readers on what occurs in the world for our community, as an activist, now which are the most important fights for you?
Kate: I'M VERY INTERESTED IN TRANS POLITICS BECAUSE THEIR FIGHT IS A STREET BRAWL AGAINST VIOLENCE, FOR HEALTHCARE, ABOUT RACE, AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND FOR A FAIRER SYSTEM OF GENDER IDENTITY. THEIR DAILY LIVES ARE OFTEN UNTOUCHED BY THE NICETIES OF LEGISLATED LGB EQUALITY. I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND NEW THEORIZING ABOUT SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY.
Lezbelib: You are not only humorist, you write books and you has also appeared on TV shows like The Rachel Maddow Show or in series and films (The L Word, Laughing Matters) what do you think of the lesbian visibility in the media?
Kate: I WAS WATCHING RACHEL MADDOW COVER THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES AND SHE WAS ALONE ON A PANEL OF MEN. LESBIAN VISIBILITY MIRRORS THE DECREASING VISIBILITY OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA. SURE THERE ARE BLONDES ON FOX, BUT MALE AUTHORITY STILL RULES.
Lezbelib: What can we wish you for this new year?
Kate: THAT'S SO SWEET OF YOU TO ASK. YOU CAN WISH ME GOOD HEALTH AND TAMMY BALDWIN FOR SENATE IN WISCONSIN AND CHRISTINE QUINN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY. BOTH ARE EXCELLENT POLS WHO ARE OUT LESBIANS.
Lezbelib: A last word for our readers?
Kate: OCCUPY PATRIARCHY.