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FOF #2901 – Art in the Age of COVID-19

At the height of the AIDS crisis, artists made sense of the overwhelming despair by giving voice to the isolation people felt and they helped guide our communities forward.

Today, performance artist Hereclitus Vernon joins us to talk about being one of the first people to come down with COVID-19 during the early days of the quarantine. Seven months later, Here is still dealing with the health consequences of the coronavirus.

Posted in: Artists, Podcast 3 days ago 0

FOF #2899 – 10 Years of Wild, Unadulterated Fun

Break out the party hats and put on your mask for masks- this November marks the 10 year anniversary of PrEP, the revolutionary HIV prevention method that reduces the risk of contracting HIV even if you’re exposed to the virus.

Just like birth control, the daily pill that effectively stops all new HIV transmissions has been met by the public with a lot of controversy.

But the big question is “how do we get more people on PrEP?”

Today therapist and relationship expert Damon L Jacobs joins us to take a look at a decade of PrEP and how the sexual liberation that came from it is now impacted by the COVID pandemic

Posted in: Podcast, Politicians/Activists 10 days ago 2

FOF #2891 – The Man Who Signed Metallica, Beat AIDS and Took a Bubble Bath with Nina Simone

The club scene in New York City in the 80s was an incredible time for live music: Punk, Pop, the second British Invasion, and Heavy Metal bands dominated a scene where people had plenty of free time and lots of great drugs to take it all in.

At the center of this incredible world was Michael Alago, a music superfan who became one of the biggest names in music, despite being a young queer Puerto Rican from Brooklyn.

Today Michael Alago joins us to talk about his new book “I am Michael Alago” where he recounts his amazing life in the music business.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 0

BONUS: The Puerto Rican Bombshell, Barbra Herr

Puerto Rican bombshell Barbra Herr joins us to talk her amazing career as a drag and cabaret performer, from fighting the AIDS crisis in Puerto Rico to working with the legends in New York City.

Barbra shares her amazing stories of being with Holly Woodlawn when she first heard Andy Warhol died, her friendship with Dominique Jackson from Pose, and what really happened to the man in the chest belonging to Paris is Burning’s Dorian Corey.

Posted in: Drag & Trans, Drag Queens & Kings, Interviews, Podcast 3 months ago 0

FOF # 2875 – Black at Second City

In the comedy world, not everything is a laughing matter, especially when it comes to allegations of racism and sexual misconduct at one of the world’s most prestigious comedy institutions- Chicago’s Second City.

Today comedian Rachel Hall who’s worked with Second City joins us to take a look at Chicago’s comedy scene and how Vogue Magazine’s Anna Wintour says perhaps she’s been too hurtful and intolerant and pledges to hire more black creatives and journalists.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 4 months ago 0

FOF # 2874 – The First Gay Pride

Make no mistake about it: Stonewall was a riot. Windows were broken, protesters were beaten and the neighborhood was trashed all to let the police and the mob controlled bars know that queer folks weren’t going to take it anymore.

Today, the long time theater editor for the Chicago Reader Albert Williams, joins us to talk about planning and attending the first Pride March in Chicago and how it connects with the Black Lives Matter Protests happening now.

The following June, which is 50 years ago this month, those legendary riots were commemorated with LGBT marches that are now known as the Pride Parade.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 4 months ago 0

FOF #2847 – Uncle Jack’s Gay Glory Days

For most folks it’s been a little over a week of self isolation to ward off the coronavirus pandemic. Marooned in our own places like the Swiss Family Robinson, we have to make the best of what we got, and it sometimes feels like things may never get back to that dirty word “normal.”

Today queer media pioneer Jack Ryan joins us to chat about his adventures in Chicago’s club scene in the 70s and 80s before the AIDS crisis hit hard.

Listen as Jack talks about the wild nights of drugs and disco that transformed over the years into more nights of even drugs and House music.

Posted in: Podcast 7 months ago 3

FOF #2846 – Fighting Coronavirus by Looking at the History of AIDS

For folks who lived through the early AIDS pandemic, there’s a real sense of dread over coronavirus. Republicans failed to take early action on AIDS and we are still living with the repercussions of that. And just like HIV and AIDS, LGBTQ+ people are especially vulnerable to coronavirus, so we must ask – are we prepared to suffer the same fate as we did with the AIDS crisis?

Today, Dr. Steven Thrasher, professor of journalism and LGBTQ Health at Northwestern University joins us to look at coronavirus and AIDS: how both of these epidemics impact LGBTQ+ people, incarcerated folks and rural Americans.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 7 months ago 0

FOF #2825 – Terrence Chappell Takes On Pleasure and PrEP

The battle against HIV and AIDS has changed a lot since the virus was first identified in 1983 and we’ve seen a decrease in new HIV infections overall, but black young people are still disproportionately the largest group for new HIV infections.

Today, writer Terrence Chappell, joins us to chat about his work creating awareness about access to HIV prevention.

Posted in: Podcast 8 months ago 5

FOF #2782 – Much Ado About Side Eye

Billy Porter, who plays the fierce and fabulous ballroom emcee Pray Tell in FX’s “Pose,” made history Sunday night by becoming the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama category.

Today comedian Carma Nibarger joins to jump into the melée over Billy Porter’s side eye and RuPaul’s dismissal of diversity at the Emmy Awards.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast, Television 1 year ago 2