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Gay Iconography: The Fiercely Funny Margaret Cho

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While the world lost one of the most brazen (and divisive) comedians this week, the legacy Joan Rivers left behind has inspired a generation of equally outspoken funny women. Many of them are considered gay icons in their own right, including one of our previous picks, Kathy Griffin. In addition to the D-list diva, comics like Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler carry on the tradition of risky, outlandish humor.

While Handler and Silverman have sizable gay followings in their own right, they can’t hold a candle to Margaret Cho. The Korean-American comedian has long embraced the LGBT community, and it’s embraced her right back.

“Once, this beautiful gay boy told me that at his new school he felt bullied and alone and too scared to come out to anyone, fearing he was what everyone already suspected and taunted and teased him for,” she wrote on xojane last year. “He put my picture on his binder, and held it in front of him as he walked down the frightening lonely halls and he knew that if anyone commented favorably on my presence there, that he was safe with them.”

Cho’s not only an advocate of the community, she considers herself part of it as well. Her own interpretation of her sexuality is much more clear than simply labeling her as bisexual. She’s been married to artist Al Ridenour since 2003, but claims "I don't like to say I'm gay or I'm straight. I'm just slutty." She further elaborated to the New York Times in 2009: “I refer to myself as gay, but I am married to a man. Of course, I've had relationships with women, but my politics are more queer than my lifestyle."

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Margaret Cho and Adam Barta's 'See U Next Tuesday': VIDEO

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The comedic and melodic talents of Margaret Cho and Adam Barta have combined to bring you the twinktastic dance number, "See U Next Tuesday". The song, with special appearance by Drag Race contestant Jujubee, calls out every shady "basic bitch" you've ever run into at the clubs, letting them know exactly when you'll pencil them in to your schedule.

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Margaret Cho Wants to Be The Next Co-Host of 'The View': VIDEO

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Margaret Cho is publicly campaigning to be the next co-host of The View. Unfortunately, Jenny McCarthy beat her to the latest open seat.

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Watch: Margaret Cho and Ani DiFranco in 'Captain Cameltoe'

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Margaret Cho goes Ben-Day dot wild in her new music video featuring Ani DiFranco.

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Watch: Margaret Cho Won't Have Sarah Palin Run for President on Reality TV

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Margaret Cho talks to Joy Behar abour her accusations that Sarah Palin forced Bristol to be on Dancing with the Stars:

"I think she's a very really girl. I have no problem with her whatsoever. What I do have a problem with is Sarah Palin running for president and using reality TV as her platform. She should just be open about it."

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Bristol Palin Responds To Cho With Odd 'Indigo Girls' Logic

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Margaret Cho's assertion this week that Bristol Palin's mother pressured her onto Dancing With the Stars prompted a response from Ms. Palin, one that has people wondering if the 20-year old took a jab at Cho's bisexuality.

Though insistent she and Bristol are friends, Cho wrote on her blog that "someone who should really know" told her Bristol was forced onto the hit ABC show, and asserted, "The only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it."

"Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election," Cho claimed. "And so she told Bristol she 'owed' it to her to do DWTS so that 'America would fall in love with her again' and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012."

Well, Bristol responded on Facebook last night and, following Cho's suit, reiterated that the women are friends, but remains "taken aback" by the comedienne's comments.

"I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many 'facts' wrong in so few sentences," wrote Palin. "Let me be blunt: my mom did not 'force' me to go on DWTS.  She did not ask me either. The show approached me."

Palin goes on to declare "politics had nothing to do with [my decision]." She also argued, "I seriously doubt anyone who considers herself a student of American politics truly believes I impacted even one vote in that election."

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