National Coming Out Day: Cheyenne Jackson, Andrew Lippa, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Share Stories of Pride

By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria, performer, recording artist and stand-up comedian known for The Rocky Horror Show, On the Town and numerous recordings.

Being the first openly gay comic to perform on American television ("The Arsenio Hall Show" March 1993) is probably the thing I am most proud of. That and knowing I have played gay and straight roles on and off Broadway, created male as well as female characters for stage, film and TV, and have five records out on a major label (Warner Jazz) without once being in the closet.