Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria opens up about being 'gay-bashed'

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Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria opens up about being ‘gay-bashed’ so badly she was hospitalized when she was 24 years old

Orange is the New Black Star Lea DeLaria is opening up about being ‘majorly gay-bashed’ so badly it sent her to the hospital.

The 63-year-old actress, who made history as the first openly gay comedian to appear on American television with a 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, opened up about the horrific incident in a new interview with Page Six.

The comedienne was just 24 years old in San Francisco when the incident happened. 

Gay bashed: Orange is the New Black Star Lea DeLaria is opening up about being 'majorly gay-bashed' so badly it sent her to the hospital

Gay bashed: Orange is the New Black Star Lea DeLaria is opening up about being ‘majorly gay-bashed’ so badly it sent her to the hospital

Opening up: The 63-year-old actress, who made history as the first openly gay comedian to appear on American television with a 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, opened up about the horrific incident in a new interview with Page Six

Opening up: The 63-year-old actress, who made history as the first openly gay comedian to appear on American television with a 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, opened up about the horrific incident in a new interview with Page Six 

‘My nose was broken, chipped an eye socket, had several cracked ribs,’ DeLaria began.

‘I’ve been verbally abused more times than you can mention in my life, and that still goes on. There’s always someone who’s going to call me a fat guy,’ she added.

DeLaria mentioned that the harassment has eased up in more recent years, likely in part due to her role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black on Orange Is the New Black.

Injuries: 'My nose was broken, chipped an eye socket, had several cracked ribs,' DeLaria began

Injuries: ‘My nose was broken, chipped an eye socket, had several cracked ribs,’ DeLaria began

Eased: DeLaria mentioned that the harassment has eased up in more recent years, likely in part due to her role as Carrie 'Big Boo' Black on Orange Is the New Black

Eased: DeLaria mentioned that the harassment has eased up in more recent years, likely in part due to her role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black on Orange Is the New Black

Still, she adds that gay-bashing has always been, ‘incredibly rough’ for ‘butch lesbians’ such as herself.

‘That’s a fact. We get attacked more than any other women in our community,’ DeLaria explained. 

‘It’s always been rough on trans women, very rough especially for trans women of color, and it’s always been incredibly rough on butch lesbians,’ she continued. 

Rough: Still, she adds that gay-bashing has always been, 'incredibly rough' for 'butch lesbians' such as herself

Rough: Still, she adds that gay-bashing has always been, ‘incredibly rough’ for ‘butch lesbians’ such as herself

She also said that starring on Orange Is the New Black, ‘opened up people’s hearts and minds to women who look like me.’ 

DeLaria added that her character represented, ‘the first positive representation of a butch lesbian that I’ve ever seen in mainstream media.’

She has currently been working on a documentary called The Lesbian Bar Project, teaming up with Jagermeister’s Save The Night campaign aimed at saving nightlife institutions crippled by COVID-19.

Opened hearts: She also said that starring on Orange Is the New Black, 'opened up people’s hearts and minds to women who look like me'

Opened hearts: She also said that starring on Orange Is the New Black, ‘opened up people’s hearts and minds to women who look like me’

She added that there are only currently 21 lesbian bars left in the entire United States and she is trying to keep them all open.

‘[When] I walk into a dyke bar, I’m walking into my sense of community, my sense of safety, my sense of camaraderie,” the “One Life to Live” star told us. 

She added her favorite lesbian bar is The Cubbyhole in New York City, which she calls, ‘my home. It’s the place I go to nonstop; everybody there knows me.’ 

Lesbian bars: She added that there are only currently 21 lesbian bars left in the entire United States and she is trying to keep them all open

Lesbian bars: She added that there are only currently 21 lesbian bars left in the entire United States and she is trying to keep them all open

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