14 episodes

Queer oral history and personal coming out stories recounted by members of the LGBTQIA community who are featured in the upcoming documentary film Sundays at Cafe Tabac. It tells the story of an unforgettable weekly salon for women through which a new voice, visibility and power erupted. Set in New York City’s East Village in the early ‘90s, against the backdrop of a highly charged moment in history, at the height of AIDS activism and the birth of Third Wave Feminism, when the so-called “lesbian chic” movement was catapulted into the spotlights and headlines of the mainstream. What emerges is a formidable story of what happens when a community comes together in unity, and how that fuels a concurrent movement in the expansion and expression of individuality.

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    • Society & Culture
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Queer oral history and personal coming out stories recounted by members of the LGBTQIA community who are featured in the upcoming documentary film Sundays at Cafe Tabac. It tells the story of an unforgettable weekly salon for women through which a new voice, visibility and power erupted. Set in New York City’s East Village in the early ‘90s, against the backdrop of a highly charged moment in history, at the height of AIDS activism and the birth of Third Wave Feminism, when the so-called “lesbian chic” movement was catapulted into the spotlights and headlines of the mainstream. What emerges is a formidable story of what happens when a community comes together in unity, and how that fuels a concurrent movement in the expansion and expression of individuality.

    Episode 13: Fashion Model/Dog Whisperer, Andrea Smith

    Episode 13: Fashion Model/Dog Whisperer, Andrea Smith

    Andrea is an original patron of Sundays at Café Tabac, and a participant in the upcoming documentary film based on those fabulous Sunday nights in NYC  circa 1993.

    Originally from Washington DC, Andrea arrived in NYC as a model working with some of the biggest names in fashion, and became a sought after muse. After the tragedy of 911, Andrea decided to change careers and became a canine specialist recognized by the ASPCA of NYC for her fearless dedication and praised in Time Magazine for her dog care system.
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    • 55 min
    Episode 12: Filmmaker, Elina Street

    Episode 12: Filmmaker, Elina Street

    ELINA STREET, is a Franco-American filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY and co-director of "The Lesbian Bar Project,"  the documentary film and campaign dedicated to raising awareness for the alarming trend of lesbian bar closures nationwide. Elina and her team have also created  a fundraising project with the help of Jagermeister's #SaveTheNight  campaign, to raise $200K in critical funds to help save our bars.
     
    In this intimate interview, Elina shares with us the seeds of this project through her coming out story and the vital role New York City's lesbian bars played in her own self-discovery and empowerment.

    You can watch Elina and Erica's film at www.lesbianbarproject.com and we urge you to also consider making a donation through their website, to help save our bars. 

    The fundraiser runs only until the end of June, so please support this effort without delay. 
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 11: Basketball Legend, Sue Wicks

    Episode 11: Basketball Legend, Sue Wicks

    In this episode, we are so thrilled to welcome Hall of Fame basketball legend and New Yorker, Sue Wicks. 
    Her distinguished career is defined by records set and numerous accolades, MVP, all-star game and gold medal honors.  She played forward in the WNBA for our very own hometown team, the New York Liberty since its inaugural season and was awarded the 2001 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award and was consistently voted fan favorite. You will soon understand why. 
    Whether on or off the court, her characteristic humility and empathy makes it no surprise that she was, and still is a natural leader and a role model, especially for women, girls and LGBTQ people. Notably, Sue is the rare pioneer who paved the way for professional athletes to be out during their career. 
    Even now in her role as owner of Violet Cove Oyster Company here in Long Island, she is making her mark as an oyster farmer and environmental activist for New York's waterways.

    If you want to learn more about Sue Wicks's oyster farm, check out: violetcoveoysters.com . And to learn more about harbor restoration initiatives, visit: billionoysterproject.org


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Part 2: Tara Rodriguez Besosa

    Part 2: Tara Rodriguez Besosa

    In part 2 of this podcast, we continue our conversation with Tara Rodriguez Besosa, a queer, latinx, agro-architect, organizer, and living resource within the sustainable & queer food, agroecology movements. Tara has increased access to local food economies, spotlighting the value of farmers within economic transitions from extractive to regenerative practices. She also invests a lot her time at OtraCosa, a queer collective land sanctuary in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

    In this episode, Tara discusses how queer farming practices are used to create resilience through food sovereignty and more.


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    • 40 min
    Episode 10: Agro-activist, Tara Rodriguez Besosa

    Episode 10: Agro-activist, Tara Rodriguez Besosa

    Tara Rodríguez Besosa (she/they/ellx), born, raised and based in Borikén (Puerto Rico), works at the powerful intersection of queer community and food sovereignty, often sharing how queer and agroecological practices are essential for the transition from extractive to regenerative food systems, as well as collective models and shared resources that empower those who grow, cook, and work towards decolonized bodies and lands.
    She is co-founder of projects ranging from a DIY architect-run gallery in Brooklyn, to El Departamento de la Comida in Puerto Rico, to arts venues like El Local en Santurce and a collective queer land project, OtraCosa.

    In this episode, Tara recounts her hesitation, desire and ultimate coming out to her beloved Abuela (grandmother). 
    Recorded at The Newstand Studio at 1 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC with Joseph Hazan.

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    • 25 min
    Episode 9: Drag legend, Sherry Vine

    Episode 9: Drag legend, Sherry Vine

    Sherry Vine (a.k.a. Keith Levy) has been performing her hilarious comedy shows, which features her "live" singing and saucy renditions of hit songs for over 30 years, earning her the title of Drag Legend.

    In this episode, we hear Keith's joyful coming out story amidst the growing pains of self identity, and the hilarious reality of having to come out "twice", once as a queer man and second, as a drag performer. 

    She is the star and writer of her own variety show, She's Living For This,  which is currently streaming on Hulu and can be seen in numerous movies and TV shows. She is a founding member of Theatre Couture, and is The Queen of  YouTube, where her video parodies have been viewed over 19 million times. 

    Sherry recently moved to LA where she can be seen as “Blanche” in Golden Girlz Live,  Battle of The Bitches (with BFF Jackie Beat) and is enjoying living the showgirl life. 

    Sherry is currently touring her new one “woman” show Hollywood & Vine. 
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    • 25 min

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Important history and stories with heart

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This Podcast is a must listen to anyone interested in real life queer history. Lesbians to the front!

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