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Kate McKinnon to Make History as SNL's First Out Lesbian Featured Player

Kate McKinnon to Make History as SNL's First Out Lesbian Featured Player

The Big Gay Sketch Show’s Kate McKinnon is set to make Saturday Night Live history as the long-running sketch show’s first out lesbian featured player.

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The Big Gay Sketch Show’s Kate McKinnon is set to make Saturday Night Live history as the long-running sketch show’s first out lesbian featured player.

McKinnon’s first appearance could happen as soon as next week’s Sofia Vergara-hosted show, according to Deadline.

A regular with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York City, McKinnon has appeared on Funny or Die’s Vag Magazine, about third-wave feminists who launch a magazine. For three seasons she appeared on Logo’s Rosie O'Donnell produced The Big Gay Sketch Show creating memorable characters including Fitzwilliam the boy who longed for a vagina.

The comedian has also appeared in several one-woman shows including Disenchanted, “a satirical look at popular fairy tale characters years past their prime,” according to the Huffington Post.

While McKinnon is the first out lesbian to appear as a regular on SNL, Terry Sweeney became the first gay man to appear on NBC’s iconic sketch show back during the 1985/86 season, according to AfterEllen.

Watch McKinnon in action in Vag Magazine:

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.