Elizabeth McCain is one of those types who wears many hats. She’s a grief counselor, interfaith minister and, at the moment, has her storytelling and acting pursuits in the spotlight.
Her one-woman show “A Lesbian Belle Tells” debuts at the Fringe Festival Saturday at 5:30 on the main stage at Goethe Institut (812 7th St., N.W.) and runs for five performances (also July 17, 20, 25 and 26).
The 90-minute show is billed as an evening of “Southern-style outrageous porch stories about a Mississippi Belle, her cocktail-sippin’ aunties and other crazy characters, coming out in D.C. and at family funerals as only a lesbian belle can tell.”
Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at capitalfringe.org.
McCain, 50, came to the D.C. area 24 years ago for grad school and has been here ever since save for a three-year stint in North Carolina in the mid-‘00s.
She and her partner, Marie Britt are married and live in Takoma Park with their dachshund, Teddy.
McCain enjoys singing, travel, theater, reading, storytelling, meditating and swimming in her free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out for 20 years. It was the hardest to tell my mother, who was a traditional Southern lady. Mama was not pleased. It is quite a story that’s in my one-woman show.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
The fabulous Edie Windsor, whom we met on an Olivia cruise! I am so grateful that her case brought down DOMA.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
The Bon Vivant dances back in the ‘90s at the Old Post Office Pavilion.
Describe your dream wedding.
We had it in San Francisco’s City Hall in 2008, with friends and my lesbian cousins.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about psychological and spiritual challenges for people who are grieving and those facing illness and death alone. Everyone deserves love and support.
What historical outcome would you change?
I would change the catastrophic loss of lives on 9-11.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The fall of DOMA last summer.
On what do you insist?
Kindness, honesty, compassion and good manners are a must.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“Y’all come to my show!”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“A Lesbian Belle Tells”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would still proudly choose to love a woman.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I believe in a consciousness and energy of Divine love and unity, known by many names. My favorite is the Great Mystery.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Come together, get to know one another, collaborate together and listen to one another.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
I would do anything for my spouse, Marie, and our dog, Teddy.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That lesbians hate men.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
It will always be “Desert Hearts,” the ultimate erotic lesbian love story.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Men opening doors for women.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Best lesbian storyteller, if there were such a trophy.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
I wish I had known that it doesn’t matter what people think of me and that it is courageous to be vulnerable.
I am here because of the rich cultural and artistic opportunities, the diversity, the history and the opportunities to be of service to lots of stressed out people.