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Title Houston Voice, No. 1018, April 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date April 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • APRIL 28, 2000 OUT ON THE BAYOU 19 Stand-up GIRL >■ Continued from page 15 know something, they find out about it. Maybe the culture is not always as easily accessible in certain parts of the South, but when people want to know, they know." And for the multi-faceted artist, much of that support comes from the gay community—a fact not lost on Bernhard. "I think because of my specification and my openness, I'm the kind of performer that the gay community can relate to," she said. "My own sexuality aside, I just think that on the surface, I'm just somebody that has that kind of sensibility. I'm open and not ashamed of it and gay audiences appreciate that. They, probably more than anyone else, can dig what I'm saying and appreciate me going out on a limb during my show." In typical Bernhard fashion, "I'm Still Here ... Damn It!" will be packed with a number of new surprises. "It's kind of a hybrid of 'I'm Still Here' and the stuff I've been doing on the road since," she said. "It's the bulk of the original show, but it's also a lot of new stuff, things that I continue to add. Like me, the show's continually evolving. It's really a cross-section of cultural examination and my emotional/spiritual journeys all interwoven around music and singing." While admitting that giving birth to daughter Cicely Yasin in 1998 has mellowed her personally, motherhood has done little to tone down her raunchy yet heartfelt ranting and ravings about contemporary life on stage. Bernhard refuses to artistically muzzle her views. "I've never had a single regret about anything I've said on or off the stage," she said. "Because more than anything, I think that it has done good things for me and good things for people who needed to hear it. I think that if you are forthright and coming from your heart, people who maybe inhibited, a little intimidated or afraid to express themselves get inspired by that. It gives them an opportunity to gain their footing." From her recurring role on the hit sitcom "Roseanne," as lesbian character Nancy from 1991 to 1996, to her recent cameo as a gay actress on "The Sopranos," Bernhard has repeatedly ignored common I lollywood wisdom that taking on gay roles can damage a career. While gay fans applaud the work, Bernhard has never seen these actions as particularly noble. "While I was doing 'Roseanne,' I never thought that it was so brave or so important," she said. "I just thought that it was a fun character. But if it affected people in a good way, then that was fantastic. I just never looked at it like 1 was doing something heroic." Still, Bernhard is considered by some to be a role model, but it's not a role in life she set out to secure. "I never purposefully thought to myself, 'Hey, I want to be a role model,'" she said. "I just think I am one because I do what 1 love and I have a great time doing it. I know that I am affecting people, but I'm not setting out to. I'm not a lecturer. I'm not someone out there going, 'Listen to me, because I'm the truth-teller. I'm going to break ground!' I just march forward and do my work" Even with her celebrity status, Bernhard doesn't see herself as a star. "You'd be surprised how I live my life. I don't really live it like that. I'm kind of out on the streets, doing my thing—like going to the dry cleaners. I do things that are not typical of somebody who thinks they are a celebrity," she said. "I just think that things are going to happen because they are supposed to happen, not because I'm a star. "That whole celebrity thing is really just a state of mind," Bernhard said. "And I just think that it is a boring one. I think it's kind of sad for somebody to have to get up every morning and realize that their whole life is about them being famous. I think that it is deadening. I really do." Bernhard speaks from experience, having spent a great deal of time with former pal Madonna while the Material Girl was scaling the ladder to superstardom. "I had a chance to see what that crap can do to you, so I don't think that she has that much of a fun life, at least not in my opinion," Bernhard said. "I wouldn't want to be followed around by paparazzi and have my every move monitored. I think that would be hell on earth. Can you think of anyone who would find that rewarding?" But that could change if Bemhard's acting career continues on it's upward spiral. With "Dinner Rush," she's just added another entry onto her resume of performances in films like "Track 29," "Lover Girl," "King Of Comedy" and "Hudson Hawk." The project that could put Bemhard's radiant visage in front of millions of Americans on a weekly basis is a top secret television show, which reportedly could have her playing another lesbian character. "I just wrote a TV thing for me to star in, and we are pitching it at different places," she said. "It's a comedy, but I don't want to jinx it by talking about it too much. All I will say is that it's a pretty eclectic piece that should definitely get people's attention." Until a deal is finalized, Bernhard will be keeping herself very busy. She's working on another album, writing another book, auditioning for more film roles and spending as much time as she can performing for charities benefiting gay and AIDS-related causes. As for more live performances, don't expect a full-fledged tour anytime soon. "I think I'm too old to live that rock 'n' roll style, so I'll probably just keep to doing these weekend gigs," the 44-year-old said with a laugh. "I have a lot of responsibilities at home now, so I like to be there as much as I can. Doing these shows are like nice little weekend vacations for me. I have fun doing them and hopefully so do the people who come see me. "I'm a happy gal at this point in my life, and I'm doing the things that I want to do," she added. Sandra Bernhard May 5, 7 p.m. Aerial Theatre Tickets are $36.25-$76.25 713-629-3700 CONQUER AGING WITH MICRO-DERMABRASION A treSh approach for restoring the skin you are born with. Available INUW for men and women. SPECTACULAR RESULTS! •improve skin tone, clarity, elasticity •effectively treats fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation ASK ABOUT OUR TRANSDERMAL HAIR REMOVAL PROCESS 3843 N. Braeswood 713-669-0466 TRANSDERMAL HAIR RESTORATION All natural transdermal skin and transdermal lace technology 1 System...$650 . 2 Systems...$1200 reg. $990 each. 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