Strange Fruit: LGBTQ Election Victories; Big Brother’s Wil Heuser

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This week’s election has been widely regarded as a victory for LGBTQ rights. Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin will become the first openly-gay U.S. Senator, and several state passed ballot initiatives legalizing same-sex marriage. This week, we spoke with Constitutional Law Professor Sam Marcosson from UofL’s Brandeis School of Law, to find out what the implications of the results could be, and whether we will ever see marriage equality in the Commonwealth.

Wil Heuser, a Louisville native who’s appeared on American Idol and Big Brother, joined us in the studio this week to talk about his career, his family, and how reality television portrays members of the LGBTQ community in both beneficial and harmful ways.

And in our Juicy Fruit segment this week, a recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars leads to reflections on folks for whom English is a second language, and whether they internalize the oppression they experience. We also talk about how one cast member engaged in some pretty harsh policing of black women’s bodies on the premier of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Draya‘s positive representation of queer women of color on Basketball Wives LA, and a new BET documentary called Black Girls Rock.

Laura Ellis

Laura is the producer of Strange Fruit, a weekly talk show focusing on race and gender, and produces other news & feature programming.

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