Equal parts irreverent and classy, the RE:Focus podcast brings you up to speed on what’s important to the Memphis LGBT+ community and its allies. Hosts Goldie Dee and Allysun Wunderland lead listeners on a whirlwind ride through each exhilarating episode.
This podcast is a production of Focus Mid-South magazine. Get it on iTunes
Photography by Kevin Reed
2.5 : Queer Music & Gay Spaces
The SAUNA episode! The girls sit down and have an amazing conversation with Matt Ladner, DJ and co-creator of an unapologetically queer dance party in Memphis. Where is real queer music? Are gay spaces at risk? How do we stay connected to our history in the age of dating apps and corporate prides? Also, the underlying anxiety that all of our mothers will listen to the podcast continues.
2.4 : Minisode: Goldie Gets Tinder!
Goldie Dee gets Tinder for the first time…on air! Allysun dishes out some old school dating advice. The girls get real and discuss hard questions: How does drag complicate dating? Would you ever put away your drag for someone else?
2.3 : Tough Queens & Mothers
A politician unapologetically sits down with two drag queens! Allysun and Goldie interview local lawyer and mother Jerri Green, the Democratic candidate running to represent District 83 in the Tennessee State House. The girls tackle hard-hitting topics like gun violence, discriminatory bills, voting practices, and gender bias in politics–but as always they manage to squeeze in a little fun too!
2.2 : Resolutions & a Kiki
The girls get together to discuss their 2020 resolutions with Tamara Goldstein, owner of Zebra Lounge and beloved LGBT+ ally. Topics include: the merits of dry January, a poached egg crime, the new Tennessee sin tax, and so much more! Goldie also admits she had the best kiss of her life on New Year’s Eve xx
2.1 : We're Back & Available!
After a lengthy break following Season One the girls are back at it–rehashing the Focus Awards and discussing everything from modern love to the royal family to lube preferences. Flawless transitions honey!
1.18 : Passing the Torch
What a year it’s been! Goldie and Allysun chat with Dana, the outgoing re:focus producer, and Chellie, who is taking the reins.
1.17 : Rico's in the House!
At long last, Goldie and Allysun are joined by the one and only Ray Rico for a chat about his visit to World Pride in New York, what it means to be an LGBT media mogul in the current political climate and the upcoming Focus Awards!
After the episode, head on over to awards.focusmidsouth.com to learn more about the Focus Center Foundation’s generous $20,000 grant to help local nonprofit organizations step up their marketing and advertising efforts.
While you’re there, why not nab a few tickets (or an entire table) for the Focus Awards? This year’s ceremony, which will take place at Ballet Memphis, is happening August 23. Early bird ticket specials are going on right now—don’t miss out!
1.16 : Keeping It in the Family
Goldie and Allysun sit down with David Winter, Goldie’s fellow Sagittarius and former womb-mate, about family, faith, Young Goldie and the transformative power of drag.
1.15 : The Evolution of a Queen
Goldie and Allysun share a few drinks and a chat with the recently retired, Memphis drag legend Miss MOD about her illustrious career.
1.14 : Communication on Tap
BREAKING NEWS: Goldie and Allysun are visited by the one and only Kontji Anthony, superstar anchor at WMC-TV5. Together, the trio delve into communication, taboo, and Kontji’s journey to journalistic excellence. Consider the tap dancers in the background our gift to you.
1.13 : Friends and Allies
Goldie and Allysun talk with Robin Beaudoin, long-time Focus writer and award-winning ally, and Chellie Bowman, Focus Magazine’s digital media manager, about being active in the community and supporting each other. Chellie announces the 2019 Focus Awards (August 22 — save the date, y’all!) and how to get props for your pets through the RuPaws Pet Face pet photo contest.
Tickets for the 4th Annual Focus Awards are on sale now! For more information, visit the magazine’s website at focusmidsouth.com.
1.12 : Dinner and a Podcast
Goldie Dee and the newly coronated Queen Pegasus XVI Allysun Wunderland are joined by guests Ty Phillips, Nathan Bell, and Bruce Bui for an after-dinner chat.
1.11 : Sugaring the New Year
2019 has made its appearance, and who better to help you nurse that hangover than your friends at Re:Focus! For this episode, Goldie and Allysun are joined by creative powerhouse and ally Savannah Bearden to talk about resolutions, 2018 in review, and what’s in store for the new year.
1.10 : Holidaze
Just in time for shorter days and falling temps, Goldie and Allysun spread holiday cheer with their favorite food and drink recipes, last-minute gift ideas, and some discussion of holiday traditions and funny holiday stories.
This episode is sponsored by Cash Saver (memphiscashsaver.com).
1.9 : Be Thankful
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so is Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20). Goldie and Allysun are joined by special guest Emerson Kirkpatrick, OUTMemphis’ Youth Services Specialist, for a discussion about the holiday season, the importance of remembering our trans brothers and sisters, and whether that stuff on your plate should be called stuffing or dressing.
This episode is sponsored by Cash Saver (memphiscashsaver.com).
1.8 : Rock the Vote
Goldie and Allysun are joined by their Friends of George’s sisters Camille Collins and Bianca Bruchette for a frank discussion of current events and what’s riding on the upcoming midterm elections.
Minisode : Live @ Pride
In this short episode of Re:Focus, Goldie and Allysun make their way through the crowd at Memphis Pride Fest, stopping occasionally to make the acquaintance of some seriously cool people.
1.6 : Full of Pride
Goldie and Allysun are joined for this episode by Vanessa Rodley, president and festival director with Mid-South Pride, and her wife, Jennifer Murry-Rodley, who is Pride’s volunteer coordinator and head of PR. Together, the ladies talk about what to expect from the upcoming Memphis Pride Fest, now celebrating its 15th year. For more information about Mid-South Pride and Memphis Pride Fest, visit midsouthpride.org. This episode is sponsored by Ray Rico Freelance.
1.5 : Fake News
1.4 : Life's a Drag
1.3 : Every Vote Counts
1.2 : Popping Off
Get ready for a history lesson: The ladies talk about Memphis-area LGBT+ haunts of yore, but Goldie may not be prepared for some of Allysun’s more salacious stories (just kidding – (she TOTALLY is).
1.1 : What's a Podcast?
Memphis drag legends Goldie Dee and Allysun Wunderland ponder what a podcast is, why anyone would want to create one, and discuss how RE:Focus fits into the local audio landscape.