Kate McKinnon to be 1st Openly Lesbian Saturday Night Live Cast Member
After 37 years on the air, NBC mainstay Saturday Night Live will add its first openly lesbian cast member on next weekend’s show. Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Big Gay Sketch Show alum Kate McKinnon will make her debut as a featured player on the next new episode, airing April 7.
As AfterEllen has pointed out, the award-winning McKinnon has previously spoken about the unique position she finds herself in as an LGBT comic, saying “As minorities, we’re on the fringe, and there’s just something so wonderful about that perspective, something so inspiring. If you’re a part of that minority, you can make fun of those people while respecting them and lifting them up.”
The last (and only) openly LGBT cast member on SNL was comedian Terry Sweeney, who appeared on the show’s 1985-86 season and became well known for his impression of then-First Lady Nancy Reagan. SNL is currently one of NBC’s highest rated shows.