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FOF #2941 – A Gay Marine’s Story of Surviving War, Cancer & Journalism

At the young age of 17, James Curry hoped to escape a hostile home by enlisting in the Marines, and ended up right in the middle of the terrible War in Iraq.

Today, Peabody award winning journalist and writer James Curry joins us to talk about his new book Staying Alive: Surviving Abuse, Fighting a War and Beating Cancer- My First Twenty-Five Years.

James survived his tour of duty by hiding being gay under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, but then after returning to civilian life, lost his first boyfriend and ended up homeless.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 5 days ago 1

FOF #2940 – Potato Head and the Toys That Made Us Fabulous

In a move that made some folks’ heads explode like a potato in the microwave, Hasbro announced that the Potato Head toys are gender neutral and that everyone is “welcome in the Potato Head world.”

The announcement has us looking back at the toys we played with as kids, that made our parents wonder- like the Transformers, is there more than meets the eye.

Today comedian Jake Noll joins us to take a look at the all new Potato Head World, and all wonderfully weird toys that inspired us to become fabulous and queer.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 6 days ago 0

FOF #2939 – It’s A Sin: The Women Who Helped the World Survive the AIDS Crisis

Russell T Davies’ “It’s a Sin” captures the youthful joy of being gay and the pain of the AIDS crisis, but it also contains harmful HIV and AIDS tropes.

While watching the series, we were struck with how much the character of Jill Baxter reminded us of Victoria Noe who came on Feast of Fun to talk about her book “Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community.”

Today writer Victoria Noe joins us to take a look at Russel T Davies’ miniseries “It’s a Sin” and what it was like for her during AIDS crisis.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 7 days ago 0

FOF #2938 – KC Ortiz, the Queen of Southern Luxury Rap

Southern Hip Hop music is legendary for its drum machine beats, thunderous bassline, and shouting vocals that bring you into the moment in all its fun and uproarious glory.

Today KC Ortiz, the Queen of Southern Luxury Rap joins us for a music session to lay down some fierce tracks about her experience as Black trans woman, and folks are loving it.

Posted in: Musicians, Podcast 13 days ago 0

It’s a Sin: the Wonder Women of the AIDS Crisis

Although many moms, sisters, healthcare workers, scientists, friends and Hollywood stars like Liz Taylor played an important role in the fight against AIDS, these incredible women are often forgotten by history.

Today writer Victoria Noe joins us to take a look at the wonder women who fought back and fought AIDS that are featured in her new book “Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community.”

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 14 days ago 0

FOF #2937 – Brittany Kay Taylor’s Second Chance in Beauty and the Beast

One of the great diamonds in the rough on Disney’s streaming service is the reality TV show Encore, which reunites the cast members from musicals they originally performed in high school and then has them recreate the big show, sometimes decades later, in front of a live audience.

Today Brittany Kay Taylor, who played Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast in the reality TV series Encore serves up some piping hot tea on getting her high school theater gang back together a decade later and going viral as a voice over talent on Tik Tok.

Posted in: Actors, Podcast 19 days ago 0

FOF #2936 – Mystique Summers Keeps it Hot on a Chilly Mardi Gras

It’s Fat Tuesday! The streets of New Orleans are empty, but we are celebrating from home with our good gal pal Mystique Summers, from Season 2 of RuPauls’ Drag Race.

Last week, Mystique’s and her drag sister Nina Bonina Brown got into a deep conversation about trans bodies, the art of drag, and Nina’s comments on Gotmik’s scantily clad runway look on Drag Race.

Today Mystique Summers joins us to take a look at the heated conversation taking place about trans drag queens, Gotmik’s showing off that body ody ody and how Texas is freezing.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 20 days ago 0

FOF #2935 – Unfolding the Gotmik T-Shirt Controversy

For 13 seasons RuPaul’s Drag Race has been bringing underground artists into the mainstream, and sometimes the world is just not ready for the gag. This time, the latest greatest gasp for air is a t shirt designed by drag queen Gotmilk which prominently displays the scars from their top surgery.

Today NYC drag personality Kareem McJagger joins us to take a look at Gotmik’s controversial new t shirt design and what exactly was Tessica Brown trying to do with that Gorilla Glue Spray to lay an edge. What does it mean to lay an edge?

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 21 days ago 0

FOF #2934 – Don’t Dream It, Be It

A common criticism of self help gurus is that their advice ignores systemic inequality and often lays the blame on the person suffering. If you didn’t have those gloomy thoughts, you’d be sleeping on a bed of diamonds!

But studies show that the best thing to make your dreams come true is to fall in love with doing things. Like the ultimate self help guru Dr. Frank N Furter says: “don’t dream it, be it.”

Today writer Britt East, author of A Gay Man’s Guide to Life, joins us to look at how folks can improve their lives by setting intentions but also by letting it go.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 26 days ago 0

Bonus: Disco Didn’t Die, It Just Evolved Into House Music

Out of the ashes of Disco’s demise, DJs in Chicago developed a new sound for a new generation which became known as House Music. This style became a hit in clubs catering to black, latino and gay folks, and is now what most electronic music is based on.

Today we’re talking to one of the pioneering DJs of House Music, Ralphi Rosario. Recently, the City of Chicago named a street after his DJ group “The Hot Mix Five” for their contribution to the international House Music scene.

Posted in: Interviews, Musicians, Podcast 27 days ago 0