Founder of ‘Dykes of Hazard Comedy Tour’, comedian Kristen Becker is comin’ back to Shreveport, her hometown, by way of Buffalo, New York with her new comedy act, ‘Becker On the Bayou’.
After spending nearly 10 years in Shreveport, Becker made her way back to our port city, which was the setting of her formative years. While here, she has energized and mobilized the equality movement in Louisiana. Her fervent love of the state and its people has brought her back to fight for passage of the Louisiana Non-Discrimination Act.
Kristen Becker said “Comments from fans challenged me to leave my liberal bubble of New York, where I was legally protected, and head south of the Mason-Dixon to put my funny where my mouth was.” Becker is a regular contributor on The Advocate and other nationally read websites, and each time she submitted her readers asked, “Will you go back to Louisiana and fight for equality in the South?” Then, she was asked to testify in the state legislature on behalf of the Louisiana Non-Discrimination Act.
“I’m not used to being up at 9 a.m., and usually my audience is drunk,” was the quote of the day when asked by Beaumont’s Enterprise publication to sum up the legislative session.
House Bill 199 would have expanded the scope of protections of over 60 current Louisiana non-discrimination statute provisions to better protect our most vulnerable citizens from unlawful discriminatory practices. More specifically, LANA would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the lists of personal characteristics protected from unlawful discriminatory practices in the fields of employment, housing, education, finance, public accommodations and criminal justice.
Unfortunately, the members of the Senate committee were not convinced, doubting a person could prove discrimination based on added characteristics and worrying the added protection for gays would violate freedom of religion.
Since coming back to Louisiana, Becker has done more than just speak before Senate committees. She has traveled to central and south Louisiana, helping to raise funds for Forum for Equality Louisiana and PACE(People Acting for Change and Equality). ‘Becker on the Bayou’ is at the end of a two week comedy tour with Shreveport being her last stop Friday, May 30th at Ernest Orleans Restaurant.
Becker’s wide-ranging comedy is rowdy, political, personal, intelligent, and unrelentingly honest. As an out lesbian, Becker consistently wins the hearts of all audiences, straight and gay alike, with her unapologetic humor. Her childhood, divided between the Rust Belt and the Deep South, has left her uniquely able to connect with all manner of people. Becker’s ability to win the affection of such a wide range of audiences is due to her understated southern charm juxtaposed against a raucous and powerful persona.
“I was born in Buffalo, NY and around the age of ten my family moved to Shreveport, La. I spent half my life in Buffalo, half of my life in Shreveport. I was schooled in Louisiana, in many ways. Also, I’m gay. I was then. I am now. I love them both equally. Unfortunately only one reciprocates the equality in their laws.”
Forum for Equality is Louisiana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government.
PACE is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality in Northwest Louisiana so that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community can lead open, honest, responsible, and safe lives at home and in the workplace.
Both organizations will benefit from her performance in Shreveport.
Becker uses her love of comedy to fight for the right of all people to live their lives with full equality and dignity, no matter who they love. Join her in solidarity and laughter.
Becker on the Bayou – Shreveport Comedy Show
Ernest Orleans Restaurant 1601 Spring St Shreveport
Friday- May 30, 2014- 8:00 PM
Open Seating : First Come, First Serve
$20 advance $25 at the door
Proceeds donated to Forum for Equality
and PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality)
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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