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SUE-ANN POST, AUSTRALIA'S ONLY
SIX FOOT LESBIAN EX-MORMON
COMEDIAN AND AUTHOR LAUGHS
WITH LOUISE RUSSO ABOUT SEX
Congratulations on your new book
The Confession of an Unrepentant
Lesbian Ex-Mormon. You only have
one confession. What is it?
I do stuff -- what annoys people. But I
hopefully make them laugh too.
I Googled Mormonism and it sounds
queer: polygamy, Donny and Marie,
Battlestar Galactica, women
outnumber men...Why can't
Mormonism and lesbianism be
Well, see, the problem with the Mormon
Church is that you can only be a full
member if you're married and have kids.
It's one of the few religions within the
Christian denomination where being
celibate isn't enough. Which is why I
had to get out before 21. 'Cos I lurve the
Can a chick be a prophet?
Ah, no. All the leadership positions are
for men only. Women's sphere is the
Mormons are in a perpetual state of
baby boom, like lesbians these days.
What's your take on this?
It's weird. I have never had a desire to
have a child in my life. I must confess I
don't really get it. Dude, leave that to the
straights! We all just want to be normal
now. We're not normal! That is the
whole joy, I think -- I'm going off to
have some fun! [Laughs] You best be
careful how you write this up.
Something I've talked about for a bit on
stage is that I don't believe in
monogamy. I find it really stupid,
constrictive and Christian. It's not natural.
I've noticed that lesbians really glare at
me and hold their arms and look at me
like, "What are you talking
about?"...[Lesbian monogamy] is bloody
musical chairs, and each time it's "This is
the one, this is the lifelong one" and I go,
"Come and tell me again in two years
time." Coming out in a small rural town
there are only so many out lesbians and
by the end everyone has slept with
everyone else. It's like, "Okay, time to
Is there a connection between refusing
your religion and stand-up comedy?
Performing in front of a group of people
has never been a problem for me.
Because the Mormons don't have a paid
clergy everyone takes turns talking to the
congregation. So I've been getting up and
speaking to 300 people since the age of
eight. There was no stage fright. And the
Mormons did really give me my first
You were ex-communicated: how
did that happen and what does it
mean to you?
Sue-Ann at the Salt Lake City Temple
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