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Nationally known lesbian comedienne Vicki Wagner and gay comic Joe Delaplaine appeared in Gay Santa Barbara's first Laugh OUT Loud! at Paseo Nuevo's Center Stage April Fool's Day, Tuesday, April 1st, with all proceeds benefiting the city's annual LGBT Pride Celebration. Cocktails and hors d-oeuvres were courtesy of Hades Bar & Nightclub and Pascucci Restaurant.

Headlining the event was Vicki Wagner, lesbian comedienne, defrocked soldier and the lead subject in a recent front-page Santa Barbara New-Press article on Gays in the Military. Miss Wagner held a Top Secret Clearance in the Air Force and was threatened with 5 years of prison time because of her sexuality. She was on the Board of Directors for the Gay Veterans of America, Chicago Chapter, for over 5 years and has spent the last 12 years of her life speaking OUT on behalf of the gay community on TV, radio, panels and now at comedy venues. She entertains a mainly heterosexual audience and feels that is the best way to change minds and open hearts.

Sharing the stage was Joe Delaplaine, a gay comedian with a deep commitment to social justice. When not performing, Joe organizes peace marches and protests against homophobia and hate crimes. He is featured in the new book, "A Face in the Crowd, Expressions of LGBT Life in America". Funded by Judy Shepard, with a forward by Betty DeGeneres, "A Face in the Crowd" is a book of photos and statements of LGBT youth, families, activists and elders working for the equality and civil rights of everyone.

Be sure to thank the many sponsors who helped make this event possible.

  • Bud Light
  • El Prado Inn - 1601 State Street
  • Women's Sexuality Center - 30 W. Mission Street. Suite 8
  • Pascucci Restaurant - 729 State Street
  • Three Dog Bakery - 727 State Street
  • Nicky's Salon & Gifts - 1315 Anacapa Street
  • Book Den - 11 East Anapumu Street
  • Scavenge Gifts - 418 State Street
  • Treat Hair & Body Essentials - 25 East de la Guerra Street

A packed house enjoys appetizers courtesy of Pascucci
at our first Laugh OUT Loud event


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