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FOF #2941 – A Gay Marine’s Story of Surviving War, Cancer & Journalism

At the young age of 17, James Curry hoped to escape a hostile home by enlisting in the Marines, and ended up right in the middle of the terrible War in Iraq.

Today, Peabody award winning journalist and writer James Curry joins us to talk about his new book Staying Alive: Surviving Abuse, Fighting a War and Beating Cancer- My First Twenty-Five Years.

James survived his tour of duty by hiding being gay under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, but then after returning to civilian life, lost his first boyfriend and ended up homeless.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 5 days ago 1

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 7 days 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 14 days ago 0

FOF #2913 – St Sukie de la Croix’s Very British Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a little fairy named Sukie who grew up to see his world change through the impact of Stonewall and the rise of the modern gay rights movement, the AIDS crisis, and the rule of the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher.

Today St Sukie de la Croix lifts the veil on his mysterious persona and tells us of his early upbringing in a working class family in post WWII England and partying with Princess Margaret.

Listen as we chat with Sukie about his new book “The Memoir of a Groucho Marxist: A Very British Fairy Tale” which takes us on a magical realist journey throughout his childhood.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 3 months ago 0

FOF #2909 – How to Pass the Audition By Fearlessly Being Yourself

Some folks get so nervous about going into a job interview or an audition, that their minds can’t stop thinking about those over the top demanding directors from films like A Chorus Line, All that Jazz, The Producers, Flashdance and even Showgirls. How real are they?

Today we’re talking to acting teacher, filmmaker and director Anthony Meindl about how to be your authentic self- in your everyday life or at your job, even if you’re auditioning to be a star on Broadway.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast, Writers 4 months ago 0

FOF #2908 – How Match Game Put ‘Blank’ Into Popular Culture

The TV game show Match Game was at first considered bland, so the writers’ spiced things up with cheeky questions designed to make the contestants blush at the celebrity panel’s witty banter and sexual innuendo. It turned into a big hit and its risqué humor changed the tone of all daytime TV game shows forever.

Today camp culture historian A. Ashley Hoff, author of the book Match Game 101, takes us on a backstage tour of Match Game, the orange shag carpeted TV game show where our favorite gay icons cracked up the audience as they “filled in the blank” over cocktails.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 4 months ago 0

Bonus: How do You Pronounce Latinx?

ow we think about gender identity and sexuality is evolving and some people are having a hard time keeping up with all the new language surrounding these new concepts.

Our friend, Professor Larry La Fountain travels all over the world talking about LGBT people and Latin American culture and one of the most common questions he gets asked is: what is Latinx and how do you translate the word “queer” into Spanish?

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, Writers 5 months ago 0

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 6 months ago 0

Bonus: Fortune’s Favorite Daughter

Denise Chanterelle DuBois life seems right out of Narcos or Orange is the New Black- she was a cocaine dealer until she got caught with a kilo and went to prison for a surprisngly short time.

Listen as Denise joins us to talk about her life as a cocaine dealer and why she handed out donut holes to the public to celebrate a major trans victory.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 7 months ago 0