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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxYxyztoP_w

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Episode 72: Don’t Be Chai, She Brought the Tea

Photo credit: Tarek Moukaddem
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@tarekmoukaddem on Instagram

It’s hard to know where to begin with this episode description aside from the fact that this is an utter gem.  “Don’t Be Chai, She Brought the Tea” is the title Hilal (@thelebanesemafia on IG) came up with.  He got us together with the amazing Lebanese drag queen Emma Gration, and Omar Fattal was so kind and hosted us.  If you listened to Tarek Zeidan’s episode recently, you may recall him mentioning Emma Gration; Emma went to NYC for World Pride, and it was such a privilege to spend this time together.  Nadia Khayrallah joined us as a co-host.  We drank tea and ate snacks while Emma spilled the tea about the the drag scene in Beirut.  Nadia talked to vogue dancer Hoedy Saad on Emma’s phone.  Emma’s drag mother checked to make sure vegetables were part of Emma’s routine (such a good mom).  A LOT happened during this episode, as you can already tell; please listen and let us know what you think!  Sip that chai and enjoy.

Follow on Instagram:
Emma Gration: @emmzgotstogo
Omar Fattal: @oaf01
Hoedy Saad: @hoedysaad
Hilal: @thelebanesemafia
TarabNYC: @tarabnycorg
Nadia: @nadiainherownworld
Aldo (who you’ll hear at the end!): @amateurbadass

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