Clothes Make the Woman (Funny)

Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer headlines the Lesbian Health Initiative annual love fest this month.


When comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer spoke to OutSmart last month, she was already stewing about what she would wear for her show in Houston this month.

“Performers are just not wearing suits and slacks,” she said. “That’s just not happening.”

No stranger to laugh lovers in this part of the world, Westenhoefer returns to Houston to headline Lesbian Health Initiative’s annual Celebration of Love Valentine Gala Fundraiser on February 10 at the Renaissance Houston.

A couple of years ago, Westenhoefer agreed to entertain the supporters of the local women’s health network who gather on or around each Valentine’s Day for this semi-formal dinner and dancing event.

As comedians, rock stars, and show biz folks in general often do, Westenhoefer chose to wear a pair of high-dollar fashion jeans for her performance. But her choice of apparel that night was not met with approval by at least one member of the audience.

“I had on the jeans and the boots—the hip, cool thing,” Westenhoefer said, adding that she was unprepared for what had happened next.

“A woman waited in line patiently for me to sign my CD for her, and then she said, sweet as pie, ‘Well, you can tell you don’t care about us at all because you just threw that outfit on.’

“Oh my God!”

Not one easily rendered speechless, Westenhoefer said she was apologetic, but more than a little bit surprised.

“The truth is, right now, nobody in Hollywood is wearing dress pants! You can’t find dress pants!” she said. “Everybody’s wearing $600 jeans, OK? So that’s what I wear when I do my show.”

Undaunted, Westenhoefer invites “everyone to come” to the pre-Valentine’s Day event. “It’s going to be a blast,” she said. “I might wear gym shorts.”

Fashion concerns aside, expect the award-winning comic to riff on her family, her choice for America’s next president, and life with her partner, Jennifer, with whom she had a commitment ceremony in November in the couple’s Los Angeles home.

“It was really great. It was just family,” she said. “We had 16 adults here, and we just did the commitment ceremony here by the fireplace.”

We wonder what she wore….

The Lesbian Health Initiative Celebration of Love Valentine Gala Fundraiser with dinner, cash bar, photographer, silent auction, raffle, entertainment, and dance music by DJs Unlimited, Inc., is Saturday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., at the Renaissance Houston. $75 per person. Details: www.lhihouston.org. For tickets, call 713/426-3356.

Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., in the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church library. Details: [email protected].


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