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Feb. 26, 2013: Almost Showtime

February 27, 2013

Sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile. I’ve been crazy busy getting ready for the show I’m producing. It’s one week from tomorrow. I blogged about it a week or so ago, but here’s a recap: It’s a live comedy/variety show called “Laughing Matters: The Absurdity of Intolerance,” and it celebrates diversity and demonstrates “the absurdity of intolerance.”

I was able to get 14 performers — stand-up comics and musicians — to do the show pro bono to raise funds for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. Some of these performers have been on late-night talk shows and Comedy Central. Others have gigged around L.A. in some of the top comedy clubs and singer/songwriter spots. It’s really a talented bunch of people!

I just wrote the intro for the show program. I may change a few things here and there, but here’s what I wrote:

This show was born out of a stand for tolerance. I have always embraced diversity, and tolerance always came easy to me. Now, I’m married to diversity: My husband, a transgender who seemed satisfied with living part-time as female, realized that it was time to turn in his tie for a bra, permanently. Suddenly, I had a wife, and I became what I call a “transwife.”

I also transitioned, from a person who simply embraces diversity — racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation — to an advocate. And the absurdity of intolerance and stereotyping has become clearer to me than ever before.

Even with sure signs that we are moving toward a more diverse and tolerant society, like the election of an African American U.S. president and more states legalizing same-sex marriage, there is still a long way to go before we as a country really get that, despite our differences, the one most important thing we all have in common is that we’re human.

That said, I hope you enjoy the show and are inspired to celebrate diversity and demonstrate the absurdity of intolerance well beyond the next hour and a half.

If you’re in L.A., or will be visiting L.A. next week, come and see the show on Wednesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre on La Brea. For more info, including the address and lineup, go to http://www.facebook.com/laughingmattersshow. For tickets, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even/331832.

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