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Even the most commonly recognized gay icons — Madonna, Gaga, Kylie — inspire spirited debate among the gay community, with folks just as passionately arguing a lack of relevance, talent or appeal. There are some exceptions, among them the quirky comedian, author and actress Amy Sedaris.
The younger sibling of out author David Sedaris has been captivating audiences with her off-kilter characters and campy craft projects since first winning hearts as bisexual former junkie sex-worker-turned-forty-something high school student Jerri Blank. That’s just the tip of the twisted iceberg for Sedaris’ warped ways. In addition to creating one of the most memorably (and lovably) strange characters in television history, she’s also turned in a series of scene-stealing performances on shows including Sex and the City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Broad City.
Off screen, Sedaris has become something of an anti-Hints From Heloise, compiling advice and recipes for entertaining and crafting delivered with Sedaris’ signature oddball style. Perhaps it’s that send-up of 1950s-style domesticity that speaks to a certain gay audience’s appreciation of camp, or maybe it’s just the subversion of such tired traditional Americana. Or maybe it works so well because she’s so hilarious. No matter the cause, Sedaris enjoys a level of celebrity in certain pockets of the gay population that ensures whatever she does next will be popping up in a newsfeed near you.
Take a look back at some of her work in some of our favorite clips below.
Before she became Jerri Blank, Sedaris was part of the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago. In 1995, she worked with Paul Dinello and the new host of The Late Show on CBS, Stephen Colbert, on a Comedy Central sketch show, Exit 57. The show was canceled after one 12-episode season, but was something of a critical darling.
Sedaris, Dinello and Colbert worked together again launching Strangers With Candy in 1999. The series follows admitted “boozer, user, and loser” Jerri Blank as she goes back to high school as a forty-something woman. Inspired by Scared Straight-esque motivational speaker Florrie Fisher, the series also skewered the teen drama My So-Called Life. After running for three seasons from 1999-2000, a film prequel was released in 2007.
Sedaris’ takes on domesticity aren’t exactly what you’d expect to see in Better Homes & Garden. Her guide to entertaining I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence offers suggestions on how to repurpose pantyhose, customize guests’ cigarette lighters with shelfpaper and how to repurpose cheeseballs for later parties (which she discusses in the hilarious clip above with Martha Stewart). Don’t laugh it off; the book spent more than 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She followed that up in 2010 with Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, for those of us who can’t resist a good set of googly eyes or a mosaic of James Brown made from corn, rice and beans.
Even if alt-comedy is not your taste, you may have glimpsed Sedaris in Dolly Parton’s video for “Better Get To Livin’”. Sedaris described the experience to PrideSource: “When they asked me to do it, I was like, ‘Of course!’ And then when they told me I got to work with a monkey, I was like, ‘Dolly, who?!’ Yeah, my dream was to work with a little monkey and the vest that the monkey wore – [costume designer] Adam [Selman] had made him a little vest – we put that in the book. It’s next to the banana pudding. It’s cute.”
Sedaris has a way of shining in every scene she’s in. Whether she’s playing one of Carrie Bradshaw’s agents on Sex and City or a desperate divorcee in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sedaris’ strange characters are always just human enough to feel authentic. She was particularly effective as a real estate rep on Comedy Central’s Broad City, darting around NYC in her Smart car wearing a neck brace.
What’s your favorite Sedaris scene?
YouTuber Raymond Braun interviewed Sergeant Shane Ortega the first openly trans man in the U.S. Military on his life, trans rights and his time in the military on a Hawaiian beach.
Sgt. Ortega served three combat tours, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and engaged in 400 combat operations. He’s also “pumped” about the Department of Defense’s plan to lift the ban on transgender military members (scheduled to end May 2016)
Watch Ortega explain his story and what being trans is like in the U.S. military, below:
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Caitlyn Jenner isn’t a big fan of the West Hollywood club scene, as this new clip from her E! docu-series I Am Cait shows.
“It’s hard for me to go to a place like The Abbey and have fun,” said Jenner. “I always feel like I’m on display and I know what they’re going to try to do. They’re going to try to get me to dance. You know it’s just uncomfortable.”
In related news, it was reported yesterday that Jenner will face a $18.5 million lawsuit for her role in February’s fatal car crash in Malibu.
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Lawmakers in Uganda are preparing to introduce legislation that could lead to any organization that advocates for LGBT rights being declared illegal.
The proposal, known as the NGO bill, is about much broader issues than LGBT rights. It would expand the power of the government’s current NGO Board, allowing it to ban non-governmental organizations for essentially any reason, including when a group’s goals are “in contravention of the law” or if it is “in the public interest to refuse to register the organization.” Any organization that doesn’t register, which is how many LGBT groups currently operate in Uganda, would be considered illegal.
The timing — interrupting campaigning for primaries for spots to compete in the 2016 national election — suggests it is heavily motivated by political concerns. Civil society organizations are seen as strongly allied with the opposition coalition called the Democratic Alliance challenging the nearly 30-year rule of President Yoweri Museveni.
A similar anti-LGBT proposal was passed in 2014, although the law was later thrown out in court due to a technicality.
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A petition aimed at enshrining a transgender bathroom ban in the Houston City Charter isn’t likely to appear on the November ballot.
However, a slew of anti-LGBT candidates who oppose the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) — which will appear on the ballot — have lined up to run for council seats in what appears to be a reincarnation of the city’s 1985 anti-gay “Straight Slate” (right).
After the city twice rejected the anti-trans petition from activist Dave Wilson, he filed a lawsuit and convinced a district judge to order officials to count his signatures. After the city appealed, Wilson sought a ruling directly from the Texas Supreme Court. However, justices failed to take up the case in time for the petition to be appear on the November ballot.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
Wilson, a Houston Community College trustee, warned that he will continue to push the issue in district court.
“I’m not gonna give up,” Wilson said. “I’ll be back. I will get this on the next election.”
The city has long contended that Wilson’s effort too closely resembles a repeal petition pertaining to the city’s equal rights ordinance that is already on the ballot. His effort is too late and should not be considered, they have said, because those seeking to repeal an ordinance must submit their petition within 30 days of the law going into effect; City Council passed the ordinance in May 2014.
Meanwhile, numerous candidates who oppose HERO filed to run for City Council seats before last Monday’s deadline. As we’ve mentioned, this November’s election is looking more and more like one from 30 years ago during which mayoral candidate Louie Welch said the best way to control AIDS would be to “shoot the queers.”
From the Chronicle:
With the latecomers, the fight to repeal HERO now is poised to extend into all of the at-large and most of the district council races, in addition to the mayor’s race.
At first glance, the lineup harkens back to the “Straight Slate” of 1985, when conservative power broker Steven Hotze organized challengers to run against incumbent council members who supported job protections for gays employed by the city.
However, members of the anti-HERO campaign and other prominent conservative activists disputed suggestions of a widely-coordinated effort, saying the candidates ended up on the ballot for a variety of reasons.
“We have been approached by candidates who oppose the bathroom ordinance,” said Jared Woodfill, spokesman for the anti-HERO campaign. “And we have encouraged people to run who oppose the bathroom ordinance, as have other organizations who have the same goal of defeating the ordinance.”
Maverick Welsh, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, told the Chronicle he isn’t worried:
“I think it actually helps our slate,” Welsh said. “This isn’t 1985.”
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This guy dropping his underwear in the locker room, back and then front, is (Work Unfriendly) as hell, but will brighten your day, if not your life.
Things got heated on Real Time last night when Bill Maher confronted longtime climate denier Rick Santorum about his anti-science record.
Maher brought up Pope Francis’s recent papal letter calling climate change a moral issue and a “principal challenge” for humanity:
“The Pope made a very strong statement, very strong statement in support of my position on climate change not yours. And your position when you heard that was ‘let’s leave the science to scientists’….I’m not a Catholic, I’m an atheist but I like the Pope better than you do.”
Maher continued to push Santorum’s buttons on the Overtime segment, joking that Ronald Reagan was the GOP presidential long-shot’s “boyfriend.”
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We know Jason Carter (pictured right) is very good at some things — namely looking irresistible in his skivvies as a member of RuPaul‘s pit crew. But apparently he is less-than-skilled in the kitchen.
That’s where Ronnie Woo, host of Logo’s Food To Get You Laid comes in, sharing some simple tricks to turn home cooking into a mouth watering experience. We fail to see how Jason would need any help getting laid (especially with his boyfriend, also named Jason), but we’ll go with it.
You can catch the pair getting saucy in this week’s episode.
But while Jason is certainly appealing, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have a bit of a crush on the show’s host, Ronnie Woo.
Looks, brains, and he can cook? When can we bring him home to meet Mom?
Here’s something to whet your appetite:
The Rowan County Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of official misconduct against clerk Kim Davis for her repeated refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a federal order.
The Morehead News reports County Attorney Cecil Watkins said the Rowan County government and his office had no other action against Davis.
“No authority exists for her removal or suspension from the office by Rowan County government,” said Watkins. “Kentucky State Government is the only entity that can move to have Kim Davis removed as Rowan County Clerk.”
The charge has been referred to the Attorney General’s Office. The county attorney’s office is prohibited from prosecuting Davis because they are involved in current litigation with Davis.
In related news, fellow renegade clerk Casey Davis biked across the state to visit Davis on Friday and raise awareness for other clerks who are refusing to comply with the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling.
The two of them, who are not related, but say they are brother and sister in Christ, spent about 30 minutes inside the Rowan County Clerk’s office.
“I don’t hate these people. Kim doesn’t hate these people. Kim is not trying to keep them from getting what they want,” Casey Davis said. “I mean, I’ve ridden a bike across how many counties? They can drive in a car much easier today and go get that if that’s what they want.”
Watch a WKYT and CBN News report on the latest Davis drama below:
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