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Margaret Cho is a Korean-American comic best known for her candid comedy, TV roles and advocacy.
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For her many years in showbiz, Cho finally earned an Emmy nod in 2012 for her hilarious gender-bender guest portrayal as North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. "It's shocking to me how much I really look like him," Cho said in an NBC.com video.
But that's not the only role in recent years that garnered the performer media buzz. Cho competed on season 11 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2010). While she didn't last long in the competition,
Cho did stir up the press by doing a Samba to Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" while wearing a gay-pride-themed dress, and later voicing her opinions on the need to protect today's gay youth from bullying.
Cho's activism isn't new: She's been at the forefront of gay rights, anti-bullying and anti-racism campaigns for years, and her efforts have been honored organizations like Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Gay rights is in particular is a cause near and dear to Cho’s heart. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, she said, "I refer to myself as gay, but I am married to a man [artist/writer Al Ridenour]. "Of course, I've had relationships with women, but my politics are more queer than my lifestyle."
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