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FOFA #1018 – Run, Lady Vera Parker, Run!

There’s a new development coming shortly about Lady Vera Parker, now known as the Seatbelt Psychic, so to get you caught up with her story, check out this classic podcast form 2009.

Drag queen Lady Vera Parker moved to Chicago with the hopes of making it big as an entertainer. Her dreams were dashed when she was pulled over in U-Haul truck she allegedly stole in Kentucky. When the police pulled up her record they found a laundry list of check fraud and deception warrants.

Posted in: Classic Podcasts, Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 12 months ago 0

FOF #2724 – Love for Sale

In the modern age privacy has become the key battleground. World War 3 is thankfully not being fought with nuclear weapons but with dick pics and headless torsos on Grindr.

Today performance artist and cooking drag queen Vita Santa Mamita joins us to take a look at the crazy mixed up world of gay dating apps, her outrageous and delicious drag performances and her adventures as an HIV educator in Malawi.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 11 months ago 0

FOF #2757 – Peaches Christ Threw The First Brick at Stonewall

With the 50th anniversary of Stonewall just gays away, everyone’s ready to party like it’s 1969, so gather your rhinestone covered bricks because there is going to be a queer reckoning!

Today Peaches Christ joins us to take a look at Pride 50 and the new interest in drag from the early 90s, from TV shows like Pose, HBO’s Wig Documentary and Ms Blakk for President now playing at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Interviews, Podcast 8 months ago 0

FOF #2759 – The Time When Ms. Joan Jett Blakk Ran for President

In the spirit of making a political statement, and shocking the squares, Joan Jett Blakk, backed by Queer Nation, launched her bid to become President of United States with the catchy slogan “Lick Bush in ’92.”

Today Terence Alan Smith, the artist behind the drag personage of Joan Jett Blakk joins us to talk about her election bid and how 27 years later she’s back making a big splash. Will she run again in 2020?

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Interviews, Podcast 8 months ago 0

FOF #2758 – Pride 50: Pride Rages On

Today we take a look at Pride at 50, from our own shenanigans at the Chicago Pride Parade to World Pride in NYC.

Also joining us is Jake Tolan from The Reclaim Pride Coalition, which successfully organized the Queer Liberation March, which marched against the exploitation of our communities for profit and against corporate and state pinkwashing

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Politicians/Activists 8 months ago 0

FOF #2711 – The Complicated Case of Jussie Smollett

Like an episode of the prime time melodrama Empire, the case of Jussie Smollett has everyone hanging on the edge of their seat wondering was he or wasn’t he a victim of a hate crime?

Today, comedian Matt Brown joins us to take a look at the complicated case of Jussie Smollett and how race, sexual identity, celebrity and fascism intertwine to make for one hell of a case.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 12 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.

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.”