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Break­ing ground as the first openly gay comic to per­form on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion, in 1993 on “The Arse­nio Hall Show,” Lea DeLaria is still car­ry­ing the torch on TV two decades later, rep­re­sent­ing a deeply un­sung sub­set in the queer com­mu­nity: the butch les­bian on the Net­flix hit “Or­ange Is The New Black.”

The 58-year-old opens up about the “lesser known” con­tro­versy sur­round­ing her his­tor­i­cal TV de­but—why she’s turned down so many gay roles since then—and why she thinks we should drop the com­mu­nity’s long­time col­lec­tive acro­nym, LGBT.

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