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Margaret Cho working and living in Atlanta

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: One of my all-time faves Margaret Cho has moved to Atlanta because that is where her new hit TV series Drop Dead Diva is filmed. She’s come a long way since ABC’s All American Girl thanks to her overall fabulousness and a strong of hit stand-up DVDs and CDs. The release of her latest album, Cho Dependent, marks the Grammy-nominated comedian’s first full-on foray into music.

She talked to OUT.com about all that and more. Here is an excerpt:

Q. I heard you had an interesting experience at the gym you frequented in Peachtree City.

A. OK, this is the problem of Peachtree City: I would go work out every single day. And at the gym, I would be confronted with a stack of Focus on Family magazines, which offended me to no end. This is the organization that defeated gay marriage all over the country. This is the organization that is routinely responsible for this kind of institutionalized homophobia. Focus on Family is the worst thing to happen to America. In so many ways it is really terrible. So I would go to the gym, a bad thing in itself, going to the gym, and then have to be faced with a stack of Focus on Family magazines. So to combat this I would bring a stack of Advocates and Outs and Genre sometimes, and leave them out and put them on top of the Focus on Family. I would start my workout by putting Out, The Advocate, all of my favorite things to read on top. And then by the end of my workout, somebody would come by and put the Focus on Familys on top of the Outs and Advocates, and so it was just like this magazine fight. And I would escalate by bringing even gayer magazines. So that’s when I’d just pull out the Unzipped and all the porn, which, you know what, they asked for it. Since then, I have canceled my membership, but I left my magazines there. I think that that really was a good way to protest, but it was alarming how quickly the Focus on Familys would go back on top — like they were really on to it. I think I brought a fresh breath of gay air to the town, but now I’ve moved to the gayest part of Atlanta, so I feel much better now.

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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