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FOF #2726 – Being Mr. Rogers’ Gay Black Neighbor

One of the unexpected surprises from “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the documentary film on Mr. Rogers, was just how fierce and unapologetically gay in real life is Francois Clemmons, the actor who played Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Today we’re delighted to talk to Officer Clemmons, Francois Diva Man Scarborough Clemmons from his home in Vermont about coming out as gay to Mr. Rogers, his love of turquoise jewelry and is there any truth to the recently revealed rumor that Mr. Rogers was bisexual?

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 3 months ago 1

FOF #2740 – The Accidental Dominatrix

In the golden age of Chicago’s cabaret scene, Jen Porter was legendary for her passionate music. Many folks compared her soulful raspy voice to Janis Joplin.

Today musician Jen Porter joins us with songs from her new album What’s Next and talk about her foray into BDSM and her horrible accident that caused blindness in her right eye.

Posted in: Musicians, Podcast 2 months ago 0

FOF #2744 – Jaymes Mansfield Camps It Up

With all the controversy surrounding this year’s “Notes on Camp” themed Met Gala, there’s a lot of confusion as to why a drag queen like RuPaul didn’t show up in drag and why pop star Katy Perry dressed up as a sparkly hamburger wasn’t camp at all.

Today we take a look at what camp is and isn’t with beauty blogger Jaymes Mansfield from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Posted in: Drag & Trans, Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 1 month ago 0

FOF #2725 – Tom Goss Thinks Outside the Hot Box

Today musician Tom Goss, who for years has pioneered new film and music techniques in his music videos joins us to take a look at his new work Wake Alive which presents the idea that we literally put ourselves in little boxes and that we are often trapped by the limited perceptions others have of us.

Listen as Tom Goss talks about the mainstreaming of queer musicians, singing on Facebook Live on Friday mornings with Deven and Ned and the worst gig of his life.

Posted in: Musicians, Podcast 3 months ago 0

FOF #2743 – Frank DeCaro Dives Into Drag

Since the early days of show business drag queens have turned the status quo on its head by simply dressing up in women’s clothing.

Today comedian Frank DeCaro joins us to talk about his new book “Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business” which takes a look at the biggest names in drag, from long gone queens of yore who sold out Broadway theaters to interviews with contemporary cross dressing legends like Lady Bunny and Coco Peru.

Posted in: Comedians, Interviews, Podcast, Writers 1 month ago 2

FOF #2747 – IML is for Everyone

IML, the International Mr. Leather Contest and Conference just wrapped up in Chicago where thousands of kinky folks gathered to build community and choose a new Mr. International Leather.

Today, puppeteer and internal family systems practitioner Mark Saltzman joins us to chat about IML and to continue our look at “Velvet Rage,” Alan Downs’ seminal book for overcoming the pain of growing up gay in a straight man’s world.

Posted in: Actors, Artists, Podcast 28 days ago 1

FOF #2746 – In the Kitchen with Erika Klash

On Cooking with Drag Queens, the fresh and fruity Erika Klash dressed up as a strawberry to pay tribute to Strawberry Shortcut, the short film by Tom Rubnitz starring Lady Bunny who experiences severe dessert distress.

Today Erika Klash, the outlandish drag queen who looks like she jumped out of a Japanese anime film, joins us to chat about the latest episode of Cooking with Drag Queens.

FOF #2727 – When Oprah Dyed the Chicago River The Color Purple

Nowadays it seems all of the popular April Fools Day jokes are just awful Internet memes or brand marketing, leaving us to wonder what happened to all the great pranks of yesteryear?

Today Amanda Cohen joins us to look at April Fool’s Day pranks then and now, from our early days as Feast of Fools where we convinced folks that Oprah was going to dye the Chicago River the Color Purple to when Amanda crushed people’s hearts by announcing she had gotten too famous for this podcast.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 3 months ago 1

FOF #2741 – Deven Green’s Amazing Decade of Drag Queens, Betty Bowers, Video Parodies and the Ukulele

It’s been an amazing decade for comedian Deven Green, the YouTube sensation best known for her celebrity vanity video parodies and for portraying the satirical Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian.

Today Deven Green joins us to take a look at her creative process as a teacher, performer and musician, her passion for playing the ukulele and working with some of the top drag queens in the world.

Posted in: Comedians, Musicians, Podcast, YouTube Celebrities 1 month ago 0

FOF #2745 – Tell Me About It, Mary

Throughout history, the experiences of LGBT people have usually been erased or glossed over- Abraham Lincoln slept in the same bed with Joshua Speed but they were just “good friends.” But now the love that once dared not speak its name is crowing like a rooster.

Today historians Owen Keehnen and Sukie de la Croix chat with us about their new book, “Tell Me About It: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions and Life Stories” where everyday LGBTQ folks talk about their painful, touching and sometimes hilarious experiences coming into their own.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 1 month ago 0