I attended a pride event this weekend. I made the deliberate decision to go out, to gather, to laugh, dance and celebrate Pride in a crowded bar with my friends, surrounded by my community. If I’m honest, it wasn’t much different than any other year, but this year, after 49 queer people of color were murdered in Orlando, it was necessary.
The bar itself was nondescript, and instead of the expected sparkle of pride, there hung only four posters that read:
Keep Loving, Keep Fighting, Keep Dancing, and Keep Laughing.
I think laughing might be the one we often forget about in the face of tragedy, how irreverent and subversive comedy, rooms full of uproarious laughter, can bring people together and, more importantly, stomp out hate. Lez be real, the gays have never stopped loving or fighting or being hilarious, and we will certainly never stop dancing, because we’ve never had another choice.
So in honor of pride, in honor of those lost, in honor of those still fighting, still loving and still dancing, here are some hard-working queer comedians who continue to keep us laughing.
Sam Jay: Embracing stereotypes.
Solomon Georgio: On being openly gay, most of the time.
DeAnne Smith: Accepting overly accepting parents.
Rye Silverman: On #TravelingWhileTrans
Casey Ley: Putting Hobby Lobby in its place.
Elicia Sanchez: Explaining the longevity of Taco Time.
Emma Willmann: On introductions and speaking clearly.