Ask a Homo: Remembering Joan Rivers

Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. We typically use this forum to address fairly general queries, but today we pause to honor a single figure of particular importance to the gay community—the late, great Joan Rivers. Why was the connection between the controversial comedian and her queer fans so strong? Here we offer up a few theories—and a lot of fabulous clips—as a eulogy. 


If there are questions you’ve been dying to ask a member of the real rainbow coalition, this is your chance. Send your queries—for publication—to slateoutward@gmail.com, and please put “ASK A HOMO” in the subject line. Note that questions may be edited.


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