E ! News: What does Pride month mean to you?
Margaret Cho: It’s not really a month of a year or a parade. I think more than ever, we need to celebrate ourselves and seek to protect our rights, whether that means protecting trans children, legislating trans, or increasing our own visibility in the media. It’s really about making sure we maintain and advance our own rights and abilities to continue to exist and thrive.
E! : Your episode of The Book of Homosexuality delves into queer renaissances throughout history. What renaissance are we currently in?
CM: I think we’re in a renaissance of comedy. We have so many amazing comic minds working today – be it Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Wanda Sykes, Billy Eichner, bob the drag queen Where Eddie Izzard. Queer comedy is really cutting edge, so queer voices are really front and center.
E! : What do you hope people take away from this series?
CM: I hope they really learn a lot about the history of our contributions to society as queer people, as truly formative members of society in science, art, and entertainment. That we have been creating culture since we exist and that we will continue to do so.