Behind the Orange Curtain (Ep. 252 - The Real World/Brian Moreno)

Where do you find the nerve to stand up for yourself? My guest this week is Brian Moreno, who discovered a big wide world of gay culture in his conservative town. By day he was a shy nerd, by night a nightlife photographer documenting wild queer parties — at one point helping to throw a gathering that, to his shock, drew twelve hundred guests. These days he’s set that life aside, but he still uses the confidence he found at those parties to remind himself that he’s capable of so much more than he thought.

And I hope you’ll join me for a laid back livestream chit-chat on Saturday September 21 at 10am pacific! I’ll be hanging out on YouTube to talk with you about the book and movies and music and shows that you’re loving right now. Come share your recommendations, get tips from others, and spend some time basking in a friendly livestream.

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Also! I’m heading to Chicago in October with my comedy storytelling show Queens of Adventure, featuring drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. We’re doing two live shows at Hamburger Mary’s Attic — the first on October 9th with local Chicago queens Lucy Stoole, Fox E. Kim, and Joe Lewis; and the second on October 16th with Seattle legends Arson Nicki, Butylene O’Kipple, and Fraya Love. Tickets are now on sale at