When we wrapped Fire Island, which Joel Kim Booster wrote, produced, and starred in, we were given a gift of shorts that said IT’S GIVING MOVIE. That’s exactly what I think when I look at Joel. He’s giving star. He’s giving excellence. He’s giving the queer Asian Americans something truly amazing to aspire to. And he’s giving laughter and lots of important observations on race, class, culture, sex, and being gay in all of those realms. He’s giving voice to the previously unheard and unknown. He’s giving a gorgeous face to the invisible. As a fellow Asian American queer comedian, he’s giving community. And together, we are giving family.

Cho is a comedian and Emmy-­nominated actor

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