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FOF #2945 – Gay Cruising at the World Trade Center

Even in places as populated as NYC, there was always a place you could go where nobody knows your name, but they’re always glad you came.

In the new short film “Trade Center,” filmmaker Adam Baran returns to the site of the World Trade Center to examine the stories of men who cruised the iconic building for sex before the twin towers fell.

Listen as we chat with Adam Baran about what made the Twin Towers a powerful center for trade, the impact of the surveillance state on cruising and can digital hookups replace what’s been lost?

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 1 year ago 0

FOF #2944 – Linda Simpson’s Drag Explosion

In the mid 80s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, New York City experienced a drag revolution. In the center of the action was drag queen Linda Simpson, who took pictures of all the kooky kids in the club scene with her portable camera.

Today, Linda Simpson gives us a look into her new book The Drag Explosion, her queer underground magazine My Comrade and why we still feel all these years later the shockwaves of the Drag Explosion.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 1 year ago 1

FOF #2943 – Steven Thrasher: The Viral Underclass

During the early months of the Coronavirus Pandemic, folks were comparing it to the Spanish Flu of 1918, saying that at the end of the pandemic, it would be just like the Roaring 20s all over again- we’d roll our stockings down, rouge up our knees and all that jazz.

So why don’t we feel like dancing the Charleston just yet?

Today, Dr. Steven Thrasher, professor of journalism and LGBTQ Health at Northwestern University joins us to look at the Coronavirus pandemic and the changes we’ve experienced since he last visited with us a year ago.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago 0

FOF #2929 – Valentine’s Day in the Age of PrEP and Covid

With both Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day, February is the sexiest month of the year, but also the most frustrating- with Covid, how are we going to get Cupid’s arrow to strike us in our little burrows as we self-isolate?

Today healthcare advocate Michael Chancely, who recently took over running the PrEP Facts: Rethinking HIV Prevention and Sex group on Facebook, joins us to take a look at Valentine’s Day in the age of PrEP and Covid and how we are all PrEPped up with nowhere to blow!

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 2 years 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 2 years 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 years 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.