Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution: Margaret Cho's New Comedy Concert Film, Revolution, Debuts on Sundance Channel-And She's as Pissed off and Hilarious as Ever

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution: Margaret Cho's New Comedy Concert Film, Revolution, Debuts on Sundance Channel-And She's as Pissed off and Hilarious as Ever

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Margaret Cho once categorized herself as "not straight, not gay, just slutty. Where's my parade?"

With her latest film, Revolution, set to premiere on Sundance Channel in June as part of the month-long "Out Loud" celebration of Gay Pride Month, she takes the opportunity to update her description of her sexual identity.

"I'm a queer," Cho says. "I'm married to a man and somewhat ashamedly heterosexual. I've had relationships with women and men, and I have fallen in love with a man, and it's a marriage that's important to me. It also makes sense that I'm a gay man. I'm also transgendered. I believe that I am all of these things. These identities all apply to me. I want to come out as everything, because I am." She takes a breath. "It's something I've always dealt with."

What that means now--onstage and off--is that Cho, 35, has to work harder for gay rights. She says all this on the phone from a Dallas hotel room, where she's test-running yet another new concert piece, A Stale of Emergency, which she'll tour in time for the presidential election this fall. Marriage rights for everyone in this country--and the world, certainly, because Cho thinks big--have become her focus. "That's where I see inequality," she says. "That's where I see injustice. To me, gender is very fluid. Justice is not. Justice is not negotiable."

In Revolution, shot at Los Angeles's Wiltern Theatre, Cho enters the stage in full geisha gear (save for high-heeled Roberto Cavalli boots), but, somewhat metaphorically, she can't keep the act up long. …

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