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Openly Gay Kate McKinnon Joins SNL

By Charlotte Robinson, March 30, 2012
Saturday Night Live lost its edge years ago. It’s just not that funny. Every once in a while there's a controversial guest host that makes us tune-in to be disappointed once again. This being an election year maybe there’s hope for some excellent political satire like when Tina Fey & Amy Poehler delivered their impeccable Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton in 2008. The good news is that Kate McKinnon is joining the cast becoming the first openly gay female cast member in the show's long history. (The late Danitra Vance was cast in 1985 who was gay but not out.) Kate McKinnon appeared on Logo's "The Big Gay Sketch Show" produced by Rosie O'Donnell. Deadline.com sources say she could make her first appearance as early as this Saturday night in an episode hosted by "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara. McKinnon, a trouper in the New York based Upright Citizens Brigade comedy team has also been in several one-woman shows including the hilarious "Disenchanted," a satirical look at popular fairy tale characters years past their prime. Terry Sweeney was the first gay man to appear on SNL as a cast member during the 1985 season 10 years after the show's premiere on NBC. So we’ll tune in again to see how the writers utilize McKinnon’s sexual orientation & hopefully we'll be amused & inspired. No matter what, more LGBT visibility on network television is extremely important for our community.
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