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."
See some more of our favorite Cho clips and quips, AFTER THE JUMP … (note: coarse language ahead)