In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Lea DeLaria, comedian, actress and jazz musician about her new show THE LAST BUTCH STANDING, her comedic look at what it is like to be a bad-ass dyke daddy in the post Ellen 21st century. THE LAST BUTCH STANDING was presented at the OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s second stage and club theater venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 5th. It was one of the most fabulous shows we've seen in a while! Lea DeLaria was the first openly gay comic to perform on American television with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. Since then she has had countless concerts, theater roles, movies, stand up specials and four Warner Brothers records. We talked to Lea about THE LAST BUTCH STANDING and her spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights, DeLaria stated, “I have been completely out for thirty years. Everything I’ve done, every step I’ve taken has been to further a positive perception of queers within the world. There was a time in the early 1990’s where they wanted me to wear lipstick. That was the time when the lipstick lesbian thing was all the rage. I did it for about six months and then I went ‘I can’t do this anymore. This is not who I am.’ It’s not who millions and millions of dyke butches are out there and someone has to present that image. Someone has to be that person for those little butches out there to see. That one is going to be me every time.”
Lea also weighed in on our queer identity in the 21st century, the presidential election, the Log Cabin Republicans, gay marriage, LGBT teen bullying and more. Besides her new live show THE LAST BUTCH STANDING she has recorded a new jazz album HOUSE OF DAVID featuring the songs of David Bowie due out in 2013. Lea is also appearing in the new musical AMANDINE in 2013 and currently is in production in the upcoming television prison series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK playing BIG BOO. This will be released on Lionsgate TV and Netflicks in the Fall of 2013.
Currently Delaria is touring with THE LAST BUTCH STANDING worldwide which she hopes to make into a TV special.
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