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Kate Clinton

Born in Buffalo, New York to a Catholic family, Kate graduated from Le Moyne College and taught English before starting in stand-up comedy in 1981. Her routines draw on her Catholic upbringing and are infused with a strongly feminist outlook that is both disarming and funny and openly addresses her lesbian identity. “Coming out as a lesbian has been great practice for saying dangerous things,” she has quipped. Clinton has performed steadily for over 30 years, touring the United States many times, including a 50-city tour in 2006 to celebrate 25 years of performing. She has written three books of humor, including Don’t Get Me Started (1998), and produced almost a dozen CDs and DVDs of her comedy. She sees comedy as very much a form of social justice activism, and has served as the emcee of many LGBT movement events, such as the Creating Change Conference of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which brings together thousands of activists every year. When not on the road performing, Clinton divides her time between New York City and Provincetown Massachusetts. Since 1988, she has been in a relationship with Urvashi Vaid.