Here's the latest in the category Politicians/Activists

FOF #2812 – The Santaland Diaries, and other Strange Christmas Jobs

To make it as an artist today you have to have a side hustle and during the holidays, that sometimes entails slipping into an elf costume to become Santa’s little side ho ho ho.

David Sedaris’ masterpiece, “The Santaland Diaries,” which explores the legendary writer’s gig as an elf at Macy’s Santaland in New York City, is now playing at the Goodman Theater starring Steven Strafford who joins us to look at all the odd holiday jobs we’ve taken over the years including his current job playing “Crumpet the Elf.”

FOF #2811 – Out in the Cold

This holiday season, thousands of LGBTQ youth are out in the cold. To combat this problem, the Chicago charity, Care for Friends, is inviting folks to spend a night in tents out in the cold in the middle of February to raise money to support homeless LGBTQ youth.

Today JD Miller- chairperson of the Care for Friends joins us to talk about the complex nature of what it takes to motivate people to give not just during the holiday season, but to give all year long.

FOF #2758 – Pride 50: Pride Rages On

Today we take a look at Pride at 50, from our own shenanigans at the Chicago Pride Parade to World Pride in NYC.

Also joining us is Jake Tolan from The Reclaim Pride Coalition, which successfully organized the Queer Liberation March, which marched against the exploitation of our communities for profit and against corporate and state pinkwashing

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 5 months ago 0

FOF #2517 – Jewel, the Grand Dame of Disco

The new documentary “Jewel’s Catch One” explores the life of the club’s extraordinary owner, Jewel Thais Williams, who fought through homophobia and racism in the 70s to build her club into a legendary institution.

Today Jewel Thais-Williams, the grand dame of L.A.’s gay disco scene joins us to talk about her amazing life as a disco pioneer.

Posted in: Interviews, People, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 2 years ago 0

FOF #2500 – X Marks the Spot

In Oregon, a judge decreed that the DMV must issue driver’s licenses for non-binary people and mark them with an X for unspecified or as we call it, X-ceptional! This is a momentous occasion that’s been a long time coming as people who don’t identify as either male or female will finally gain the freedom and recognition they deserve.

Today we are chatting with Lake Perriguey esq., the attorney who brought the case before the court on behalf of his client Sgt. First Class Jamie Shupe who identifies as non-binary.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 3 years ago 1

FOF #2279 – A Tale of Two Mormons

J Seth Anderson and Michael Ferguson were the first same sex couple to be legally married in the state of Utah, home of the Mormon church which poured millions into measures nationwide that aimed to deny people the right to marry.

More recently Michael successfully sued his former conversion therapist for fraud and permanently shut down the organization in the state of New Jersey. Listen as they talk about overcoming all the horrible trauma they sustained as gay men in the Mormon church.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 4 years ago 3

FOF #2277 – PrEP Pioneers

Since the AIDS crisis of the late 80s, condoms have been urged as gospel for gay men to prevent the spread of HIV. But that’s all changing now with PrEP, the use of anti-HIV medication to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected.

Today we’re joined by two pioneers working to raise awareness for Prep: Damon L Jacobs , whose PrEP Facts has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization and Brandyn Gallagher whose group Outshine Northwest is raising awareness for trans men’s health.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 4 years ago 3

FOF #2244 – My Name is Sister Roma

Today we’re joined by Sister Roma, one of the drag queens who spearheaded the protests against Facebook’s “real name” policy that they recently conceded wasn’t fair to people at risk.

Listen as we talk about how the talks with Facebook went down, why celebrities get away with having fake names on Facebook and do we have a right to privacy on social media websites?

FOF #2221 – We Heart the Hemp Lady

It seems kind of crazy but hemp, which is found in home insulation, skin cream and candy bars is still illegal to grow in the United States.

Today we’re joined by hemp advocate Anndrea Herman Listen to talk about the many marvelous uses of hemp and what it’s going to take to legalize it. Plus: the truth behind medicinal cannabis oil.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 4 years ago 1

FOF #2201 – PrEP Myths Even Your Doctor Believes

Truvada may be 99% effective at preventing HIV infections, but it is still surrounded in controversy, with people saying it will turn gay men into disease spreading whores and that it could create an HIV superbug. But none of that’s true so why do these myths persist?

Today Marriage and Family Therapist Damon L Jacobs joins us to dispel the myths surrounding this new prevention method.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 4 years ago 8