FOFA #1774 – Men Who Fly the Friendly Skies

Nov 17, 2016 · 1985 views

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Of all the jobs gay men love to do, being a flight attendant is probably one of the hardest. Everyone thinks they’re just passing out snacks but the reality is that flight attendants are exposed to crazy passengers, terrorist threats, cosmic radiation and many infectious diseases.

Today we’re joined by historian Phil Tiemeyer whose new book Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants chronicles the fabulous history of men who fly the friendly skies.


  1. Jim C says:

    Loved this interview. Thanks for having Phil on. You guys continue to provide a range of topics that are interesting and informative. Love you!


    p.s. I’ve put Phil’s book on my “to read” list.

  2. Ruben A.P. says:

    Loved the episode. On The Media did a short piece about Dugas recently and when he joined the CDC study for AIDS he was the first from outside the US so his paperwork was marked Patient O for Outside the US, but people misread it as Patient 0.

  3. Thanks for reposting this fascinating podcast with Phil Tiemeyer, the author of Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants. I enjoyed listening to it a while back, and hearing it again was a chance to remember many interesting facts about labor law, gay employment, and AIDS. The details about Randy Shilts and Gaetan Dugas are really quite something. Many news sources recently had articles about the actual history of AIDS and how it predates 1981 by many years.

  4. Quick update: Phil Tiemeyer is now an Assistant Professor at Kansas State! Congrats to Phil!

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