8 LGBTQ+ Celebs We'd Love to See Host 'Saturday Night Live'

by Shawn Laib

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 26, 2022

8 LGBTQ+ Celebs We'd Love to See Host 'Saturday Night Live'

When "Saturday Night Live" announced their first three guests for Season 48 last week, it was a pleasant surprise to see someone who openly identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community in the cast list. Megan Thee Stallion has emerged as one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry as of late, and she's also openly bisexual. Additionally, the long-running comedy show also just welcomed its first nonbinary player in Molly Kearney.

With Kate McKinnon leaving the show last season, and the recent success of out comedian Bowen Yang, this made us want to brainstorm some other queer celebrities who would be a welcome addition to hosting "SNL." From singers, to actors, to WNBA players, there's a lot of underrated personalities who would knock their gig out of the park. Below are some LGBTQ+ celebrities we think should get a shot at hosting live from Rockefeller Plaza.

Lil Nas X

To say Lil Nas X is one of the most influential queer musicians of his generation would be an understatement. In the last several years, he's taken a number of genre tropes and flipped them upside down, forcing hip-hop artists and rappers to respect his name and his music. He bravely includes queerness in his music videos, and he rocked the world with a same-sex kiss on live TV. His sense of humor on Twitter and Instagram proves his willingness to get out of his comfort zone, make fun of himself, and enjoy the ride of fame. He's also one of the few people on this list who could pull double duty and also be a fabulous musical guest. Hosting "SNL" would be a perfect vehicle to expose his unique personality and bold fashion to an even broader audience, perhaps one that needs to see a flamboyant, Black gay musician being unapologetically true to himself.

Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross is one of the most important trans female performers in Hollywood today. With superstar roles in both "Pose" and "American Horror Story," Ross is no stranger to the camera. Much like Lil Nas X, she has broken down doors to prove what Black transgender women are capable of in mainstream entertainment — she recently made history as the first openly transgender woman to lead a Broadway show when she stepped in the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago." "SNL" has hardly any transgender representation in its 47 years, so Ross as a host would only add to her trailblazing story.

Candace Parker

Candace Parker is arguably the face of the WNBA. She's a multi-time champion, a newly out queer woman, and someone who could continue to advocate for the advancement of women's sports and the return of her fellow hooper Brittney Griner, who was recently sentenced to nine years in Russian prison for bringing marijuana across their border. Parker has a lot of experience on TV, working with several other big-name basketball players on NBA TV and TNT's post-game shows for the NBA and WNBA. Her comfortability on camera would suit her well in a hosting gig on national television.

Jinkx Monsoon

Let's get some drag performers on "Saturday Night Live!" Jinkx Monsoon is one of the most high-profile drag stars in the industry, and she's no stranger to the spotlight. Hosting a show like this would be nothing when you've already won "RuPaul's Drag Race" and recently became the Queen Of Queens by winning the all-winners season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." Even Jinkx herself said she wants a shot at the gig! With super successful musical tours, there's no doubt Jinkx would rock it. Drag might have become a phenomenon over the last decade, but it's still a niche form of entertainment. Getting more drag performers on national television will help expand drag queens' audiences and hopefully create more acceptance.

Elliot Page

Elliot Page is one of the most popular trans celebrities in the world at the moment. Seeing his courage to transition after already creating a high-profile career as a cisgender woman, Page has had to endure transphobia and insensitivity to carve out a path as his true self. As was already mentioned with Angelica Ross, Page would serve as one of the most important hosts in the 48-season history of "SNL." The show has not only ignored transgender celebrities as part of the cast and hosting rotation, but they've also had some controversies with anti-trans humor. Page could reverse the course of the show and bring his own charm for what would surely be a very entertaining episode.

Joe Locke and Kit Connor

Are there two young actors more on top of the world right now than Kit Connor and Joe Locke? Their starring roles in the hit Netflix show "Heartstopper" inspired millions of teenage and adult LGBTQ+ folks all over the map. Unlike how so many other queer shows depict a depressing coming-out process (which, to be fair, is relevant for so many of us), "Heartstopper" shows there are consequences for bullying and not accepting those who are different. While Locke is openly gay, Connor has expressed he doesn't have an interest in labeling himself. This might mean Connor wouldn't technically be an LGBTQ+ celebrity, but his involvement in our world is good enough for me. Also, the two actors are pretty much hooked to the hip when they do media and press tours. Their chemistry would surely light up "Saturday Night Live," too.

Luke Evans

Luke Evans has the perfect composition for "SNL." With his handsome looks and long catalog of movies such as "Immortals" and "The Hobbit," it's a wonder he hasn't already booked a hosting spot on the show in the past. Evans, who could be the first openly gay James Bond, has had a long journey to being openly gay, even though he first came out about 20 years ago. Being on a big stage like this and recognizing his sexuality for the public would be another step in the right direction for the British actor, as well as others who could potentially be inspired by him.