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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 27 days 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 2 months ago 0

FOF #2883 – Ben Widdicombe: How I Helped the Rich become Famous and Ruin the World

For much of history, the rich and powerful avoided the limelight because they knew once everyone knows your name and how rotten you are, the guillotine comes next.

But then, something changed- “Keep my name out of your mouth” became “fake it til you make it” and fame and power became the ultimate goal. The rich hired publicists to capitalize on their image and now celebrity culture is another tool to keep terrible people in power.

How did we get here?

Today, gossip reporter Ben Widdicombe, joins us to talk about how celebrity culture is destroying everything, which he details in his new book: “Gatecrasher: How I Helped the Rich Become Famous and Ruin the World.”

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 0

As the Bathhouse Turns

All types of men go to bathhouses for all types of reasons but mainly they go for sex.

Today, writer Terrill Aaron Closs puts everyone on blast as he takes us into the belly of the beast and shares with us his stories of working in a gay bathhouse in Atlanta.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 3 months ago 0

Bonus: Beneath the Peculiar World of Barbra Streisand

Today we’re joined by actor Michael Urie, best known for playing Marc St. James on the TV series Ugly Betty. Michael is now starring in Buyer & Cellar, a one man show that takes us on an imaginary journey of an actor hired to work as a store clerk in Barbra Streisand’s underground basement village.

Listen as Michael Urie takes us in depth into Barbra Streisand’s peculiar home and her obsession with her possessions and working with Vanessa Williams on Ugly Betty.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast 5 months ago 0

FOF #2857 – Peace, Purpose and Pleasure

With the coronavirus pandemic, the world has gone topsy turvy, What was once on the bottom is now on top- conservatives who used to try to shame LGBTQ folks into abstinence during the AIDS crisis are now the one’s transgressing public health concerns and are congregating for bareback barrier free church services and protests.

Today therapist and relationship expert Damon L Jacobs joins us to take a look at peace, purpose and pleasure during the age of the coronavirus pandemic with safer sex options, calming techniques and how to get ready for the political fight of your life.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 5 months ago 3

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 5 months ago 0

FOF #2853 – The Adventures of Hattie, the Silver Sex Cougar

Happiness in life comes from figuring out what you love to do and then making it your profession. Our friend 81 year old Hattie Retroage was born to be a healer, so she made it happen as a dance instructor, a therapist or in the bedroom as a silver sex ent .

Years ago, Hattie stole the spotlight from Claudia Schiffer in a Dolce and Gabbana ad with her silver sexiness and since then she’s become an outspoken advocate for cougars.

Today Hattie, safe and sound from her home in Manhattan, joins us to talk about her roller coaster life as a sex symbol.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 6 months ago 1

FOF #2750 – We Are Everywhere

With the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Stonewall Riots underway, it’s tempting to romanticize the watershed moment as a time when folks all over the world suddenly came out of the closet to let their freak flag fly freely.

Today Matthew Riemer joins us to take a look at a photographic history of queer liberation as seen in his new book “We Are Everywhere” about the enduring struggle for queer rights and the need to come together as a community to celebrate.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 1 year ago 2

FOF #2745 – Tell Me About It, Mary

Throughout history, the experiences of LGBT people have usually been erased or glossed over- Abraham Lincoln slept in the same bed with Joshua Speed but they were just “good friends.” But now the love that once dared not speak its name is crowing like a rooster.

Today historians Owen Keehnen and Sukie de la Croix chat with us about their new book, “Tell Me About It: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions and Life Stories” where everyday LGBTQ folks talk about their painful, touching and sometimes hilarious experiences coming into their own.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 1 year ago 0