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Bonus: Naysha Lopez Won Our Hearts

One of the hardest gigs on reality television is to be the first queen sent home on RuPaul’s Drag Race because you never get to show the world everything you have to offer.

Today Naysha Lopez, the first gal to go home from Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race joins us to talk about winning the prestigious Miss Continental 2013, and how it compares with being on Drag Race.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Interviews, Podcast 2 months ago 0

Bonus: Rainbow Magic at the Belmont Rocks

Although we like to think of our LGBT spots as permanent places that will always be there, the reality is that they come and go.

Today writer and historian Owen Keehnan joins us to talk about the Belmont Rocks, a very public space where LGBT folks hung out in the sun to find community and a little bit of love in the early days of the queer rights movement.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 3 months ago 0

FOF # 2876 – LGBTQ People Win Workplace Protection

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights law of 1964 does indeed protect LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sex.

Today we take a look at the momentous Supreme Court Ruling extending employment protections to all LGBTQ people, and Chicago’s Drag March for Change, where thousands gathered to protest systemic racism in the gay neighborhood of Boystown..

Posted in: Podcast 4 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 #2856 – Ain’t No Bus Like a Party Bus

Like a 80s nightclub on wheels, party buses are a weird thing that attract a certain type of Joe Exotic crowd, one that wants the luxury of celebrating in a limo but wants to tell the world “I love to drink.”

For over two decades our friend Chris Churchill drove for a double decker tour and party bus company in Chicago and saw a lot of wild nights and tipsy celebrities hopping aboard his big red bus.

Today comedian, Cooking with Drag Queens camera operator and now author Chris Churchill joins us to talk about his new book “Twenty Years Without A Weekend” a collection of stories on driving a double decker bus for tourists and partygoers.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 6 months ago 0

FOF #2838 – Siobhan Tuck’s Last Meal on Earth

Imagine this: you’re guilty of the crime and the sentence is death. But before you go, one last wish, what do you order for your last meal on earth? In the United States, some prisons serve a “special request” last meal, a ritual intended not to comfort the condemned but to soften the harsh fact for society that a human being is about to be killed.

Today comedian Siobhan Tuck joins us to take a look at death row inmates last meals, which usually consists of steak, fried chicken, large amounts of unpopular flavors of ice cream, and large bowls of fruit.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 8 months ago 0

FOF #2837 – The World’s Most Fabulous News Anchor: WGN’s Sean Lewis

Since WGN’s call letters originally stood for the World’s Greatest Newspaper, I think I could comfortably say that WGN Morning News Weekend Anchor Sean Lewis is the world’s most fabulous news anchor. The handsome and charming Sean Lewis started his broadcast news career years ago being out and proud.

Today, WGN Morning News Weekend Anchor Sean Lewis takes us behind the scenes on being one of the most watched openly gay news anchors and being the face of news in a time when journalism is under attack.

Posted in: Podcast 8 months ago 0

FOF #2812 – The Santaland Diaries, and other Strange Christmas Jobs

To make it as an artist today you have to have a side hustle and during the holidays, that sometimes entails slipping into an elf costume to become Santa’s little side ho ho ho.

David Sedaris’ masterpiece, “The Santaland Diaries,” which explores the legendary writer’s gig as an elf at Macy’s Santaland in New York City, is now playing at the Goodman Theater starring Steven Strafford who joins us to look at all the odd holiday jobs we’ve taken over the years including his current job playing “Crumpet the Elf.”

Posted in: Podcast, Politicians/Activists, Politics & Activism 11 months ago 0

FOF #2811 – Out in the Cold

This holiday season, thousands of LGBTQ youth are out in the cold. To combat this problem, the Chicago charity, Care for Friends, is inviting folks to spend a night in tents out in the cold in the middle of February to raise money to support homeless LGBTQ youth.

Today JD Miller- chairperson of the Care for Friends joins us to talk about the complex nature of what it takes to motivate people to give not just during the holiday season, but to give all year long.

Posted in: Podcast, Politicians/Activists, Politics & Activism 11 months ago 0