A Brief LGBT History of Saturday Night Live

Aug 2016


Love it or hate it, Saturday Night Live is an American institution. A cultural staple approaching its 42nd season on-air, the classic late-night show has spawned big screen hits like The Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World, birthed the careers of more comedians than we can count, and had more than its fair share of controversy.

Last week, SNL announced Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly as the head writers for the upcoming season. Schneider is only the third woman to take the mantle, while Kelly makes history as the first openly gay man to serve as head writer. In honor of SNL’s historic return, The Advocate has assembled “A Brief LGBT History of Saturday Night Live.” Check it out.