Is Joan Rivers also urging young actors to stay in the closet? The Advocate's Brandon Voss talked to to the comedienne about this, why AIDS jokes are funny, and having daughter Melissa as her lesiban love interest.

ADVOCATE: Should young gay performers still keep their sexuality a secret?

It’s part of the game. If you’re going to be a romantic idol and try to get every teenage girl to love you, then you’d be an ass to come out and say you’re gay. That’s why Ricky Martin was so smart — he did what he did, he made his millions, and then he said, “Guess what, everybody? I’m gay, I’m having this life, and here are my children.” It didn’t matter anymore because he didn’t have to bring in 16-year-old girls.

You've had AIDS jokes in your act. That’s a pretty risky subject for comedy, no?

Why? Didn’t you see the documentary? That’s the whole point. Comedy is how you deal with things. If you can laugh at it, you can deal with it.

In the late ’50s, you played a lesbian opposite Barbra Streisand in the off-off-Broadway play Driftwood. If you played another lesbian role today, whom would you want cast as your love interest?

My daughter Melissa. Let’s really make it good. Check out the full interview HERE!

The comedienne stars in the documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work," a look at the woman behind the laughter as she struggles to stay in the spotlight, works on new material, launches a one-woman show in the United Kingdom that doesn't fare as well as she hopes, takes a chance as a participant on a reality TV show and ponders her career in show business at the age of 75.

See more photos of Joan here!