Kate McKinnon Will Be Saturday Night Live’s First Real Live Out Lesbian Person!

Our very own Kate McKinnon has been handed the keys to potential international stardom: she will make her debut on Saturday Night Live next Saturday, April 7. Kate co-starred on The Big Gay Sketch Show alongside Julie Goldman and Nicol Paone for three seasons where she played Barbara Walters and most memorably, Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish was to have a vagina. Since Big Gay, she has performed several one woman shows at New York City’s Upright Citizen Brigade theatre, starred in Vag Magazine, a web series about running a third-wave feminist magazine, and sailed the high seas with Autostraddle on the 2009 Sweet cruise.

Kate with Julie Goldman & Nicol Paone

Kate is poised to fill the missing shoes of Kristen Wiig, likely to leave SNL for a big movie career when her contract expires this May. Beyond Wiig, her cast of characters and range of impressions is reminiscent of the women who have come before her, including Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph so she will clearly be the Next Big Thing and probably have her own NBC sitcom in 2018. Have I mentioned she’s the first out lesbian cast member in SNL’s 37 year history on television?


photo by Robin Roemer for Autostraddle

Interestingly, Kate was one of Autostraddle’s very first interview/photoshoots way back in June 2009, and although we’ve since been asked to take it down, there’s a quote from the interview that seems particularly relevant:

“My ultimate dream would be to be Lily Tomlin or to be Tracy Ullman, you know, just a character woman. A character woman who does characters where characters are needed.I would kill to be the first gay person on SNL or have a Tracy Ullman-type show. That would be my ultimate dream.”

In honor of Kate’s big SNL debut (and to prove we knew her when), I present the top 5 Kate McKinnon Things We Love (that weren’t removed from the internet by Logo).

Commitment Ceremony with Julie Goldman

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Speed Dating

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Celesbian Interview featuring Dani Campbell (Part 1)

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Celesbian Interview featuring Dani Campbell (Part 2)

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Big Gay Sketch Show: Fitzwilliam Goes to Hogwarts

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Kate with Autostraddle's Robin & Carly

Now if only they could hire a woman of color….

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Jess is a pop culture junkie living in New York City. She enjoys endless debates about The L Word, Howard Stern, new techy gadgets, DVR, exploring the labyrinth of the Lesbian Internet, memoirs, working out, sushi, making lists, artsy things, anything Lady Gaga touches, traveling, puppies, and nyc in the fall. Find her on Twitter @jessxnyc or via email.

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  1. This is awesome! I thought I heard she was the first out LGBT cast member in general but maybe that was wrong?

    Also I have to say I’m still a bit sad that Wiig is leaving, as she’s one of the only ones on there who makes me laugh anymore… but I’m glad that McKinnon is the one filling her big shoes!

  2. I’m pretty sure the first paragraph should read:

    “and most memorably, Fitzwilliam, a British transgender girl whose only wish was to have a vagina.”

    unless I’m remembering it wrong?

    Anywho, congratulations on stealing my life goal Kate! Way to make some queer representation history!

  3. kate mckinnon and i agreed that a baked ziti pizza is the most carbolicious snack ever. high point of my college career. now she’s famous. guess i have that tidbit to hold onto, so i got that goin for me.

  4. unbeknownst to kate mckinnon, before I was out, we once casually chatted about her haircut and how I wanted to cut my hair a similar way, and I was super attracted to her and didn’t know how to deal with or understand it. I’ve always fondly looked back on that moment as one of my first experiences that led to me realizing I like girls a few months later! and now she’s on SNL! life is completely insane.

    • I think the problem right now is that Nasim Pedrad, who is AMAZING, is the only woman of color left on the show. When Maya hosted a couple of weeks ago, she was amazing and I finished the show seeing so clearly the hole she left when she was gone. There were so many WOC characters that they just can’t do without more, specifically black, women on the show.

      I’m a bit tired of having Kenan be every black woman they want to use on that show.

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