Hailed by Time as “[I]mpressive… [a show that] will make listeners both laugh out loud and tear up,” NANCY is WNYC Studios’ hit podcast covering “all things LGBTQ and beyond” and places people across the LGBTQ spectrum at the center of their own stories.
Co-hosts and BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and super ready to share provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience – and now you can catch them live in Chicago!
NANCY has brought listeners episodes on a range of topics, from unpacking what it means to be a gay Republican to a multigenerational conversation between an older and younger man about their HIV diagnoses to heated arguments over the burning question: is Dumbledore really gay? Most recently, its OUT at WORK project took the pulse of openness in the workplace at a time when states are inconsistent in their protections for LGBTQ people on the job.
As they do in their podcast, Kathy and Tobin will welcome to the stage several guests who will share their unique stories and the weird, funny, and poignant journeys we take to get there.
Special guests for the evening include writer Fatimah Asghar and director Sam Bailey, co-creators of the Emmy-nominated, viral web series Brown Girls! HBO recently announced a deal to develop Brown Girls into a series. Fatimah and Sam will chat about their personal experiences in Chicago, how real life has influenced the storyline and the adventures and challenges of creating a female-centric portrait of the city.
In October, 31-year-old Pidgeon Pagonis co-led a group of activists in a sidewalk protest in downtown Chicago. They held signs that read “Intersex Operations Are Human Rights Violations,” “Let Intersex Children Choose” and “Where’s My Clitoris?” The protest drew attention for its choice of venue – a children’s hospital – as well as the cause that was unfamiliar to many passersby. Pidgeon will join NANCY co-hosts Tobin and Kathy to talk about that cause — and the once-taboo subject matter at its core.
Travon Free is a writer, comedian and recently the head writer on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee who won an Emmy for his work on the show’s special Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His writing credits include, The Daily Show With John Stewart, where he win his first Emmy, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and Bill Simmons’ HBO series Any Given Wednesday. He also is co-host of the Hamilton-obsessed podcast The Room Where It’s Happening. He’ll talk about being funny in politics AND sports AND Hamilton, his college basketball career, and New York cabs that won’t pick him up, even when he’s hailing them while holding an actual Emmy.
ABOUT THE GUESTS:
Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, screenwriter, educator and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others. Her work has been featured on new outlets like PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others.
Sam Bailey is a writer and director from Chicago, currently residing in Los Angeles. She is the creator of the Gotham-nominated web series: You’re So Talented. In 2016, Sam was included on NewCity’s Film 50 list. Sam is the director and co-creator of the web series Brown Girls. The series is nominated for an Emmy in Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series-2017. Her work has been reviewed and featured on many platforms including Elle, W Magazine, Fox News, and Out Magazine.
Brown Girls is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color. Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties.
Intersex activism is Pidgeon Pagonis’ life work. The Chicago native travels the country giving talks — to school groups, companies, journalists, and anyone who will listen – about people who are born with sex characteristics that do not fit our typical definitions of male and female. Pidgeon explains that intersex bodies are more common than you might think. That the term “hermaphrodite” is no longer acceptable. And that surgeries performed on intersex infants and young children have to stop. One of those surgeries is where Pidgeon’s story began.
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