The truth about Kate McKinnon’s sexuality

Kate McKinnon hasn’t tried to hide her sexuality during her career, according to The New York Times. She’s addressed her lesbian identity in her breakout role on “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” as well as numerous “SNL” sketches and interviews over the years. At the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, Kate McKinnon’s sexuality took center stage, as she acknowledged Ellen DeGeneres’ vital role in building her own personal and professional confidence as a gay woman.

McKinnon’s speech shared a moment from her childhood when DeGeneres had a major impact. “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was at the height of its popularity, I was in my mom’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, ‘Am I gay?'” the star told the audience. “And I was, and I still am. But it’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself.”

Seeing a model who embodied her ambitions and whose coming out created tangible change in the industry made all the difference in Kate McKinnon’s journey. “If I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would have thought, ‘I could never be on TV,'” McKinnon explained. “They don’t let LGBT people on TV. And more than that, I would have kept thinking I was an alien and maybe didn’t even have a right to be here.”