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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 17 days ago 1

FOF #2616 – Bianca Del Rio’s New Book Will Kill You

As if she wasn’t busy enough with her comedy career Bianca Del Rio has got a new book: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything, the only self help book she says will help raise the rate of suicide.

Today Bianca Del Rio joins us to give us a sneak peek at her new book, what she thinks of the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, working with Joan Rivers, and that viral moment when an audience member told her to be more respectful.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Interviews, Podcast, Writers 11 months ago 0

FOF #2641 – Guy Branum is Goddess

At a young age, out gay comedian Guy Branum realized that channeling his inner goddess was a great way to assert power in a world dominated by straight men. As a gay boy you might not have the ability to wield lightning bolts but you sure can turn a bitch into stone with a cold stare and a sassy quip delivered with impeccable timing.

Today, Guy Branum joins us to talk about his hilarious and touching new memoir “My Life as a Goddess.”

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 9 months ago 0

FOF #2610- Not Necessarily The Onion

When you elect a clown, expect a circus. Since we live in ridiculous times, one of the biggest challenges for journalists is to not make their work seem like an article from The Onion.

Today we’re joined by writer Katie Rife, who works for various online magazines and is currently news editor for the Onion’s non-satirical section The AV Club.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 12 months ago 1

FOF #2612 – Chicago’s Weird & Wonderful Secret Spots

As people plan their summer getaways, many folks who enjoy the podcast write to us to ask: “what should I do while I’m in the Windy City?

Joining us to talk about some of Chicago’s hidden gems is writer Jessica Mlinaric whose new book, Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure is now available.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 12 months ago 3

FOF #2613 – The Best is Yet to Come

My guest today Marc Felion is my husband and co-host of this podcast for 14 years. Through this ride he’s never had a major adventure on his own, until now. Marc is going away on a special assignment, and will be out of communication for quite some time. We can’t say what it is, but lets just say you’ll be delighted when we’re able to announce it.

But just before Marc left, he got bitten by a dog.

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

FOF #2718 – Velvet Rage: Flaws in 3-D

One of the gay liberation book Velvet Rage, despite all the great ideas presented, is that it misses out on the intersection of gender and sexual identity, and presents traditional, monogamous relationships as the ideal.

Today therapist and relationship expert Damon L Jacobs joins us to take a look at why some gay men get angry when they are challenged and why it’s so hard to draw strength from understanding our weaknesses.

Posted in: Podcast, Politics & Activism, Writers 1 month ago 2

FOF #2720 – Getting Deep into Heavy Metal

With its gratuitous sex, drugs, violence and musical soundtrack, the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal became a hit with midnight movie goers, influencing films & TV shows like He-Man, Blade Runner and the 5th Element.

Today queer comic book publisher Zan Christensen joins us to take a look at Heavy Metal, it’s influence on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and on Zan’s current project with illustrator Yves Navant- 13: The Astonishing Lives of the Neuromantics, a space opera adventure seen through a queer lens.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 1 month ago 0

FOF #2713 – Pleasant Gehman Put a Spell On You

Today the Princess of Hollywood, the Divination Princess Farhanna, Pleasant Gehman joins us to give us a glimpse into her wild life living in the punk scene of the 80s and her witch themed occult burlesque show.

Listen as Pleasant talks about taking Kurt Cobain to drag shows, stalking horror hostess Vampira, and why she wants to ride the Goodyear blimp and her hashtag: #blimpinainteasy

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 0

FOF #2710 – The Great Psychic Drag Queen Hunter

We never thought we’d hear from scamvestite Lady Vera Parker again, then almost a decade later, she popped up and she was still scamming people but now as psychic Thomas John.

Today, skeptic and psychic buster Susan Gerbic joins us to talk about how she and a group of colleagues created Operation Pizza Roll to prove that Thomas John lacks any supernatural powers, and his readings were based on information he gleaned from social media.

Posted in: Drag & Trans, Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 2