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96: Tiger King; Carole ******* Baskin

Carol Baskin was born on an Air Force base in Bexar County, Texas on June 6, 1961. Like Joe, she didn’t have an ideal childhood and ran away from home at age 15, hitchhiking from Florida to Maine. She slept underneath cars until she could afford her own truck and then slept in the back of that with her pet cat. At age 17, Carol got a job at a department store and fell in love with her boss, Michael Murdock, who seems to have been several years older than Carol. The two were married soon after they moved in together because Carol feared the consequences of living in sin. BUt Mike beat her regularly and obsessively tracked her moves, going so far as to track the odometer on her car. The one solace Carol had was her animals, and soon she began to rehabilitate injured bobcats.

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95: Tiger King; an Exotically Queer Tale

Today we cover a docuseries that has captivated the nation and the world at large for its sheer audacity and bizarre twists and turns. And while there are so many reasons to love, or love-to-hate, Tiger King, we here love it mostly because it is so damn queer. Along with a gay protagonist, who weds two bisexual lovers – at the same time – and hires several LGBTQ staff members. We also see a series of other queer characters and polysexual people. In fact, it seems one can’t be a ‘big cat owner’ unless they’re willing to be in an open or polyamorous relationship. We want to throw out a spoiler alert, and if you haven’t seen the docuseries then you might be tempted to believe we’re making all of this up. We think you’d probably enjoy our episode better if you have seen the series, but it is doubtful that we could ruin the experience that is Tiger King. 

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89 Billy Porter: Pose Star, Fashion Queen

Billy Porter has come to redefine the industry and shatter every boundary and binary in his way. Though he’s been in the industry for over 30 years it’s only in the last few that this incredible star had been getting the recognition he deserves. A conscious choice made when Porter chose his authenticity over fame; a decision few would have had the tenacity to follow through on. But today his hard work, dedication, and unwavering moral stance have earned him the role of a lifetime. Starring as the enigmatic Pray Tell on the hit TV show Pose, Porter serves us Ballroom Culture realness as he emcee’s the nightly challenges. But before we get to that, let’s start back at Billy’s childhood. *And before we start. We do want to add a trigger warning as we will be discussing sexual abuse and trauma*.

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75: A Molly Good Time

No it’s not about drugs. But rather the Molly Houses of England in the 16 and 1700’s. Some call them the original gay bars, others say they were merely an evolution of the Greek bathhouses. Either way the Molly bars were a “Molly” good time indeed.

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73: Deadly Lovers Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas

The Deadly Lovers Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas: Our month of horror continues but this time with a love story. The tale of two star crossed lovers who met by chance and were instantly struck by one another. It may have helped that the two men also happened to be brutal serial killers. Every couple has their thing.

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66: Australian True Crime

Get ready for some Australian True Crime. We’re wrapping up our world listeners month with a bloody tale from the land down under. At least twenty-seven gay men were hunted and murdered along the White Cliffs of Bondi Beach in New South Wales. Most of their deaths remain open cases to this day.

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62: Alan Turing, Father of Computing

We’re “turing” up the geek on this episode folks. Diving into the amazing and yet saddening story of gay genius Alan Turing. From his invaluable contributions during World War 2 to his lasting legacy in the fields of A.I. and Computers, this is a hero we must celebrate.

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61: You can’t win a championship without gays. That’s science.

“Ya can’t win a championship without gays…that’s science” – those were the words uttered by the infamous Megan Rapinoe as the Women’s US Soccer team took the title of world champions. And it’s true. From the earliest organized games at the Greek Olympics to modern day sports, the queers have been there every sprint and every mile along the way.

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Keep The Pride Going – A List of Queer Related Books, Movies and More

Alright ya bunch of queers. We’re reaching the end of pride month. And if you’re like me, you’re hitting those post pride blues. So how can we keep the pride going? Well here’s the most buzzfeed-esque article I’ll ever write. Below are some of the songs, shows and books I recommend to keep the pride going all year. Or at least for a little longer.

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55: Elton John, Rocketman

The Bitch Is Back folks. Now Don’t Go Breaking Our Hearts by skipping over this episode. We give you a review of the new Elton John movie Rocketman and we continue on with a story of Sad Songs. 

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