Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gay Ally Sara Benincasa Speaks OUT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with award-winning comedian/writer Sara Benincasa about her new must-read book AGORAFABULOUS! Dispatches from My Bedroom based on her acclaimed one-woman show. The book chronicles her journey through a panic disorder that developed into agoraphobia by the age of 21. Her fears were so severe she was afraid to leave her own bedroom and sank into a suicidal depression. With the help of her friends and family she was able to work through the darkest time of her life and find light and laughter at the end of the tunnel. Sara is very outspoken on LGBT issues and is a fierce gay ally. Born and raised in New Jersey we thought we’d get her spin on Governor Chris Christie vetoing gay marriage in her home state and other issues facing our LGBT community.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights, Benincasa stated, “I would say that it’s pretty huge. I would consider myself an ally more than anything else. I mean I’m a woman, I have dated women but I certainly wouldn’t identify as lesbian. I use to identify as bisexual but then I thought about it, well bisexual sounds like fifty-fifty and I’m not fifty-fifty so maybe I shouldn’t use that term. So I would just say that I am certainly an active ally.”

Sara Benincasa’s outspoken, sexually-charged comedy has won praise from the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, and has earned her an ECNY (Emerging Comedian of New York) Award and a Webby nomination. Currently Sara is traveling throughout America on the AGORAFABULOUS! Book Reading Show. Her upcoming schedule is as follows: Saturday March 3rd at 4P at Bookhampton, East Hampton, NY, Thursday March 8th at 7P Barnes and Noble, Houston, Texas. Sara will be appearing on Friday March 9th at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. She will be speaking on the South by Southwest Panel: Political Humor 2.0: Teh Internetz R Leaking. After that she’s off to Portland, Oregon on Monday March 19th at 7:30P at Powell's Books and completes her book tour on Tuesday Mar 20th at 7:30P at Tattered Cover in Denver, Colorado. AGORAFABULOUS! Dispatches from My Bedroom is available on William Morrow a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
For More Info: sarabenincasa.com

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