07.10.19 | Comedian, journalist, pop culture expert, and author Frank DeCaro joins The Focus Group. His latest book, Drag—Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business is a must have for your coffee table and a great hostess gift! The photos and smart writing is everything you want it to be and more. Get it!
TFG Unbuttoned: A family accidentally books the Virgin Atlantic Pride flight—and enjoys every minute of it!
07.09.19 | Unbuttoned wraps up Pride 2019 with one feel good and two business stories. First, a British family with two young sons unexpectedly booked themselves on to Virgin Atlantic’s “Pride Flight.” The London to New York flight was organized to celebrate World Pride 2019 and mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. It featured drag queens, celebrity performances, singing and dancing, and plenty of glitter. The Powell family fully embraced the party atmosphere. Then, agency giant FCB claims it is resigning their Nivea Cream marketing duties after someone on the Nivea team said, “we don’t do gay.” Tim and John have their own take on the kerfuffle. Finally, we take a look at brands that stubbed their toe trying to reach the LGBTQ consumer in June.
07.03.19 | Tim Bennett and John T. Nash look at cannabis friendly hotels in states where it’s legal, an all-you-can-eat offer that bankrupts a Chinese hot pot restaurant in just two weeks, and Leona Helmsley, aka the Queen of Mean celebrates a Business Birthday. Fun facts about the 4th of July, and the tough questions Apple asks during interviews round out the holiday broadcast.
07.02.19 | Unbuttoned wraps up June Pride with Barclay’s Bank getting pushback for changing their APP in support of Pride, Millennials appear to be less accepting of LGBTQ people than their older peers, and Mastercard allows trans people to use whatever name they choose on a new True Name credit card. It’s July already…Christmas decorations can’t be far behind as retailers move on to the next calendar opportunity to make money.
06.26.19 | Some of the cities may come as a surprise, but these are the best places to retire for LGBT seniors according to Senior Advice. The show kicks off with a Pride care package filled with new Oreo flavors from a listener in Texas. Hell, Michigan is bought by a gay man and renamed Gay Hell, and snarky text messages sent to ex’s caught our eye.
06.25.19 | A married same sex couple received a heartwarming note from a teenager who is moving out of the area. The note thanked them for flying the rainbow flag on their residence and credited that visibility with giving the teenager the courage to come out. Joe and Jill Biden visit the Stonewall Inn in honor of World Pride and buy the patrons a round of drinks. And the President of the University of Central Arkansas had a sign in front of the campus library featuring this quote from Lady Gaga removed: “Being gay is like glitter, it never goes away.”
06.19.19 | Tim had a frustrating travel day in to the studio and John played along. Musical tastes can dictate bedroom performance and traffic circles create “tornaders.” Lou Pearlman is the Business Birthday and what’s it like for a white girl to grow up named LaKiesha?
06.18.19 | Most Americans have an incorrect view of Federal Laws effecting LGBTQ citizens. We need to do a better job of educating everyone about the disparity of rights that the community continues to be subjected to. Then, a Dad offers hugs at Pittsburgh Pride and while humbled by the response, it also left him angry. Finally, The Beekman Boys come under criticism from some customers for donating to PFLAG. Really?
06.12.19 | In a town near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, a group of mothers navigate raising LGBT children in a state where Republican lawmakers introduced six anti-LGBT bills—dubbed the Slate of Hate. A chess piece bought for $6 in 1964 was recently valued at $1.3 million, and scientists in India are studying why monkey’s there are killing people.
06.11.19 | The US State Department began rejecting all embassy requests to raise rainbow flags outside the mission buildings during Gay Pride Month this year, but some US diplomats have been finding ways to get around the new policy. Sir Ian McKellen launches Pride in Ageing, a UK program to support LGBT people over 50, and home flippers are hiring Uber and Lyft drivers to scout properties in a pricey housing market.