E! News: What does Pride Month mean to you?
Margaret Cho: It’s not really just about one month of a year or one parade. I think that more than ever we have to celebrate ourselves and look to protecting our rights—whether that’s protecting trans kids, trans legislation or increasing our own visibility throughout the media. It’s really about making sure we maintain and advance our own rights and abilities to continue to exist and to thrive.
E!: Your episode of The Book of Queer delves into queer renaissances through history. What renaissance are we in now?
MC: I think we’re in a renaissance of comedy. We have so many incredible comedic minds out there working today—whether that’s Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Wanda Sykes, Billy Eichner, Bob the Drag Queen or 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?
MC: I hope that they really learn a lot about the history of our contributions to society as queer people, as really formative members of society in science, art and entertainment. That we’ve been creating culture since we’ve been around and will continue to.