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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 1 year ago 1

FOF #2751 – Rebooting the Rainbow Flag

Gilbert Baker, the designer of the rainbow pride flag, considered the flag an unfinished work of political art and encouraged others to design their own versions, like the Leather or Trans Pride Flags, so he never copyrighted the design.

Today designer Daniel Quasar joins us to talk about creating the Progress Pride Flag- how it went viral overnight and why it resonated with people all around the world.

Posted in: Artists, Podcast 12 months ago 1

FOF #2763 – Strike a Pose

Today queer pioneer Jack Ryan joins us to chat about his adventures way back in 1986 when he stayed in New York City as a guest of someone working on the documentary “Paris is Burning” which highlights the legendary ball scene.

Listen as we talk with Jack Ryan about Pose, living through those legendary times, and walking the category of executive butch queen realness.

Posted in: Artists, Podcast, Writers 10 months ago 0

FOF #2748 – Art After Stonewall

A massive two venue exhibition and book, “Art after Stonewall,” takes a look at the art, artists and activists that engaged with LGBTQ+ politics to unapologetically portray same-sex and trans desire while shattering the gender binary.

Today the show’s curator, art historian Jonathan Weinberg joins us to marvel at the amazing artists who changed the world in the two decades after Stonewall.

Posted in: Artists, Podcast, Writers 12 months ago 0

FOF #2769 – Can’t Keep a Good Drag Queen Down in the Grave

Which queen among us doesn’t dream of being thrust into the realm of legend where our name will be remembered long after we are gone?

Today, playwright and star of “At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen” Terry Guest and his co-star Paul Michael Thomson join us to talk about bringing back Terry’s deceased drag queen uncle Courtney Berringers and her gal pal Vickie Versailles back to life in this innovative play at the The Story Theater.

Posted in: Artists, Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, Writers 9 months ago 0

FOF #2830 – The Boys in the Band Spills All The Hot Tea

Screen writer Mart Crowley responded to the lack of gay representation in mainstream media by writing “The Boys in the Band” a dark comedy featuring mostly gay actors in ay roles brutally laying it all on the line, from their self loathing and racism to their love and resilience.

Today, Windy City Playhouse’s The Boys in the Band director Carl Menninger joins us take a look at the play and the film, and its influence on popular culture and queer liberation.

Posted in: Artists, Interviews, Podcast 3 months ago 0

FOF #2831 – Mari DeOleo on Mardi Gras, Mangoes and Christian Clowns

Iko iko! It’s Mardi-Gras so catch some beads, gobble up some King Cake and get a load of Mango – Mango Braggadochio who describes herself as a party exploding in the produce aisle of a bodega that’s next to a sex shop.

Mango is the creation of comedian Mari DeOleo, who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in rural Pennsylvania where she partied with Amish kids, until got into Christian clowning which lead her to the wild side. Today Mari DeOleo joins us to talk about her life as an artist and some unusual Mardi Gras celebrations throughout the world.

Posted in: Artists, Interviews, Podcast 3 months ago 0

FOF # 2868 – Mike Ruiz on Directing Starrbooty and Being a Gay Supermodel

Mike Ruiz is a world renowned celebrity and fashion photographer who’s worked with the world’s top brands and entertainers, but we’ll always know him best as the director of one of our favorite cult films, Starrbooty.

Today Mike Ruiz joins us to take a look back at directing RuPaul’s outrageous cult film Starrbooty which gave us the notorious filter for season one of Drag Race and being the April/May cover stud for Out Magazine.

Posted in: Artists, Podcast 6 days ago 1