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  3. Rad Queers: Edie Fake delves into the ornately patterned worlds of brilliant Chicago artist Edie Fake. Through comics like Gaylord Phoenix, a long-running series about an anthropomorphic bird on a fantastical quest for self-discovery, Fake explores issues of his own trans identity and sexuality. In his solo show at Thomas Robertello GalleryMemory Palaces, the artist investigates historical Chicago queer and feminist spaces and resurrects them with a Utopian spin!

     

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  6. The second episode of Rad Queers shines a spotlight on the fabulous and fearless performance artist/playwright Ian MacKinnon. In his one-man show Gay Hist-Orgy, MacKinnon guides the audience on an erotic journey through the hidden history of same-sex love, examining homosexuality’s impact on “the progress of art, philosophy, culture, and politics” with equal parts insight and wit. MacKinnon also curates Queer Mondays, a monthly non-elitist LGBT variety show at Highways in Santa Monica. 

     

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  9. Smashing taboos and redefining philanthropy, Payasos L.A. is an organization of gay Latino men who wear clown make-up, go-go dance, and try to make the world a better place for future generations. Rad Queers: Payasos L.A. takes a look at the Payasos’ optimistic philosophy as well as their sexy fund-raising parties. “Mr. Los Angeles Leather” 2011 title-holder and Payasos founder Leo Iriarte walks us through the wild world of his happy band of clowns, providing a uniquely personal perspective on this extraordinary group.