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Episode 77 in English: Voguer Hoedy Saad!

We (Nadia & Alia) got to talk to Lebanese vogue dancer Hoedy Saad!  You may remember hearing from Hoedy for a bit during Emma Gration’s podcast episode; we were excited to get to talk more.  On this episode, Hoedy talks about the steadily increasingly visible vogue scene in Lebanon, the background of vogue, and the impact vogue (and also drag, as the two arts often overlap at events) has on the queer scene and even outside the queer sphere.  By the way, Hoedy’s other passion is his animals; Hoedy is also now a veterinarian!  We got to talk a little about that part of Hoedy’s world as well.  Enjoy this episode; we thank Hoedy so much for being on the podcast.  August 25 there will be the Oriental Ball, which Hoedy is co-organizing; this will be an event which will be hosted in and performed in Arabic.  It sounds like it will be a very powerful and amazing space for celebrating drag & vogue while connecting that deeply with SWANA culture.

Follow @hoedysaad on Instagram

Check out this video to hear more from Hoedy:

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Episode 24 in Arabic: Nicolas Chalhoub

الحلقه ٢٤ بالعربي: مقابله مع الفنان نيكولاس شلهوب. تكلمنا عن تجربه نيكولاس مع الفن، الخروج من الخزانه، زواجه، والمقابلة الشهيرة مع نيشان على تلفزيون الجديد.

Arabic Episode 24: An interview with Nicolas Chalhoub. We talked about Nicolas’ songs, coming out, marriage, and appearance on NewTV.


Twitter @nicolaschalhoub

Instagram @nicolaschalhoub



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Episode 76 in English: This Is Lit.

Leslie Gray joined us for this episode to discuss many enlightening topics (we’re shameless about our light puns).  The reason for the light puns is because Leslie is involved in theater, and he operates the lighting equipment during productions.  We talked about that during this episode, along with the time he spent at NYU Abu Dhabi as a student.  He also discussed his research and the mixed implications of visibility in the context of Pride or other externally accessible queer spaces.  Leslie talked about the privilege that comes with the ability to be visible, and discusses how the model of Pride in the western context does not necessarily translate into a beneficial model in settings elsewhere.  On the flipside of that, he discusses the pros of being visible and how that can aid in furthering goals politically.  Enjoy this bright episode, and enjoy hearing Nadia co-host with us!

Follow Leslie on IG @lesthegray; he’s also on Facebook (Leslie Gray).
Follow Nadia @nadiainherownworld on IG, and check out her website at

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