Every weekend in the burbs of Chicago, big girls and their admirers get together for a party and two weekends ago our large and in charge pal Tracy Tyler attended and was the belle of the ball. Listen as Tracy Tyler shares her delicious story about going to the big girl party and hooking up. What happened when she was in the parking lot of the hotel and the cops drove by? Did she get into trouble?
Today we begin with dipping our toes into the deep waters of our loyal listener and friend Larry LaFountain. Larry’s infectious smile and laughter belies a deep intellect and passion for Latino Queer Studies. He’s also an Assistant Professor of Latino/Latina Studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Spanish. Larry gets mesmerized by Tracy’s delicious story of suburban sexual mayhem and shares with us his insights on the queer academic experience.
Did you know in Mexico’s flamboyant wresting scene known as “La Lucha Libre” openly gay wrestlers like Maximo are quickly becoming folk heroes? Sporting a pink leotard and Mohawk to match, Maximo takes down his opponents with a swift kick to the groin and finishes them off with a gay kiss, much to the delight of the roaring crowd.
Although exotic themed wrestlers have been around since the 1970s, they are making a huge comeback in Mexico’s mainstream wrestling scene and you can definitively count on them coming their way to the WWE and other type of theatrical wrestling events. You heard it here first on the FOF- we’ll probably see in the coming years wrestlers pulling an “Ellen” and invigorate their struggling careers by coming out of the closet and working it into the ring.
Thinking about this topic, will we see perennial gay favorite Cyndi Lauper make a return to the flamboyant world of wrestling?
Which way do you prefer to arrange the letters in the rainbow alphabet of sexual diversity? GLBT, LGBT, GLBTQQ or TLAXHQSFQWEVBZZ? Don’t ask me what that last one stands for. There is a teeny-tiny cold war being fought over how queer folks are represented when you create a arrangement of all the letters.
If you don’t believe me, check out how Wikipedia has erased any mention of the term “GLBT” in favor for “LGBT.” Be sure to check out the excellent argument on this topic though.
Some feel that Lesbians should be first because it’s a form of compensating for sexism in our own community, others feel that Gay should be first since women, men and trannies all identify sometimes under that term. Some think T for Trans should be first because it’s assumed that drag queens were in the front lines of that fateful night in New York City, June 28, 1969.
I’ve made the editorial decision to refer to this list as “GLBT” on the site most of the time since that’s the way most publications refer to it and as a way of tipping our hats to Harry Hay, one of the founders of the modern gay rights movement.
Also our show’s name “Feast of Fools” refers to one of his ideas of queer liberation of gay men feeling free to live their lives regardless of what others thought of them, to act fancy and carefree, to be fearless of being seen as foolish. Ten years ago the name of the show “Feast of Fools” was coined by on of our local friends Bill Hadddad over dinner at Heartland Cafe where we were planning our very first show in March of 1998.
Ultimately, someone always gets left out and if I had it my way, I’d put the letter C at the beginning of the list, since it’s really the Closeted people we’re working for. They are the ones who suffer the most and in the end never get to experience the sense of joy and comfort that it means to be fiercely open and transparent about your sexuality.
Although Pride month is just 47 days away, anytime is a good time to tell a friend about the Feast of Fools.
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