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Kate Clinton (born November 9, 1947) is an American comedian specializing in political commentary from a gay/lesbian point of view. Clinton has lived in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts with her partner Urvashi Vaid since 1988. Vaid was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1988–1992 and has been an activist and writer since that time. Clinton's 2006 tour marked her 25th anniversary as a professional stand-up comedian.

Clinton was born in Buffalo, New York. She was raised in a large Catholic family in the state of New York. She attended Le Moyne College, a small Jesuit liberal arts college in Syracuse, New York and received her Master's degree from Colgate University in the Village of Hamilton. Clinton went on to teach high school English for eight years before becoming a comedian.

She began her stand-up career in 1981 using her lesbianism, Catholicism and current politics for her jokes. Clinton is a self-described "fumerist," or feminist humorist.

In addition to comedy appearances and one-woman-shows such as Lady Ha Ha, Climate Change, Correct Me If I'm Right, All Het Up and Kate´s Out Is In, she has written three books, Don't Get Me Started; What the L and I Told You So.

Clinton has 8 CDs including Climate Change and has two DVDs available.

She is a regular columnist for the national monthly magazine The Progressive and has been a past columnist for the national gay news magazine The Advocate. Her blogs can be found on The Huffington Post. She has made numerous appearances on television, and has served as grand marshal of gay pride parades. When the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began, she was a part-time commentator on CNN.


Urvashi Vaid shares homes in Manhattan and Provincetown, Massachusetts with her partner, comedian Kate Clinton. Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid met in 1988 at a War Conference, held in February 1988. A friend who was at the conference had this to say about their meeting: "Because some of us in the quartet had recently been dumped by our girlfriends, we called our foursome The Jilted Speak. We spoke and spoke about a lot and a lot. But Kate and Urvashi spoke in a different language to each other."

Clinton performed on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008. Also in 2008, she went on her "Hilarity Clinton" one person show tour.

Clinton is a regular emcee at the Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner and performed at the 2010 Workplace Awards Dinner in Los Angeles.

Clinton works extensively with social justice and nonprofit organizations, and has been a regular MC at major fundraising events and dinners for groups like the NYC LGBT Center (at its Annual Garden Party); the National Center for Lesbian Rights; the ACLU; Out & Equal, among others.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Clinton

Urvashi Vaid (b. 8 October 1958 in New Delhi, India) is an Indian-American LGBT rights activist.

Vaid was born in New Delhi, and moved to the United States at age eight with her family. At age 11, she participated in the anti-Vietnam war movement. At Vassar College, she was active in a variety of political and social causes. She received a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1983, where she founded the Boston Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance, a non-partisan political organization that interviews and endorses candidates for political office and advocates for Boston's gay community.

Vaid believes that true liberation of lesbians and gays from injustice will only occur when the larger institutions of society and the family are transformed through lesbians and gays working within mainstream groups for inclusion and change. Her book Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation (1995), which won a Stonewall Book Award in 1996, addresses her beliefs about mainstreaming.

Vaid became Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 1989. She pushed gay issues into the public eye through coordinated media manipulation and staged numerous protests on such subjects as abortion and the Persian Gulf War. Vaid went on hiatus from the NGLTF between 1992 and 1997; it was during this period that she wrote Virtual Equality. When she resumed work at the NGLTF, she served for an additional three years as the executive director.

Vaid worked for five years at the Ford Foundation, and served as Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation from 2005 through 2010.

In April 2009 Out magazine named her one of the 50 most influential LGBT people in the United States.

Vaid shares homes in Manhattan and Provincetown, Massachusetts with her partner, comedian Kate Clinton. Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid met in 1988 at a War Conference, held in February 1988. A friend who was at the conference had this to say about their meeting: "Because some of us in the quartet had recently been dumped by our girlfriends, we called our foursome The Jilted Speak. We spoke and spoke about a lot and a lot. But Kate and Urvashi spoke in a different language to each other. A relationship forged in war, strengthened in conflict, and launched in love at first bite."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urvashi_Vaid


Urvashi Vaid, 1991, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1125721)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)


Further Readings:

What the L by Kate Clinton
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (May 10, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786715448
ISBN-13: 978-0786715442
Amazon: What the L
Amazon Kindle: What the L

What the L? is a new collection of published and unpublished writings that showcases Kate Clinton's gifts as one of the all-time favorite lesbian comics. Like Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell, Clinton is a nationally acclaimed quick-witted, laugh-out-loud funny comic whose hilarious takes on everything from gay marriage ("mad vow disease") and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, to gay Republicans and the War on Terrorism have earned her a devoted following. She has appeared on many television programs, including Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, and writes monthly columns for Progressive and the Advocate.

Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation by Urvashi Vaid
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Second Printing edition (May 1, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385472994
ISBN-13: 978-0385472999
Amazon: Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation

Since the decade to lift the ban on gays in the military, the emergence of gay conservatives, and the onslaught of antigay initiatives across America, the gay and lesbian community has been asking itself tough questions: Where should the movement go? What do we want? In Virtual Equality, veteran activist Urvashi Vaid tackles these questions with a unique combination of visionary politics and hard-earned pragmatism.

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