Fran Tirado
 

Fran Tirado is a writer, speaker, and community-maker for all things queer. You might know him as the co-host of Food 4 Thot, Executive Editor of Hello Mr., or co-creator of Communion. He is also generally very loud on Twitter and Instagram.

 
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 Photos by Michael George

Photos by Michael George

 

 

Press

Fran’s work has been featured or mentioned in Mic,  VICE, Dazed, The New Yorker, AV Club, Vulture, Sweet, OUT, NPR, The Stranger, INTO, the RISK! show, Of A Kind, Nancy, UnHappy Hour with Matt Bellassai, GLAAD, NBC, Gayletter, Buzzfeed, and Squarespace. He was also honored as one of Brooklyn’s 30 Under 30 for his work with queer communities. See more press below.

 
 

Speaking

Fran conducts workshops, moderates panels, and gives lectures on topics of sex, diversity, race, relationships, queer identity, and podcasting. He has been invited to speak at establishments like Juilliard, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, Vassar, and for companies like Urban Outfitters, Buzzfeed, NYC Pride, Out in Tech, and Instagram.


NYC Pride
June 14

SUNY Global Center
NEW YORk, NY
4pm

For their inaugural Human Rights Conference, NYC Pride invited Fran to moderate a panel about the value of corporate partnerships for queer communities.


Instagram HQ Pride Panel
June 15

181 fermont
San Francisco, CA
3pm

Talking about his work and advocacy in the queer community, Fran was invited to speak on this year’s Instagram Pride panel.


Big Queer Pod Fest
June 16

The bell house
brooklyn, ny
7pm

Working with the three biggest queer podcasts in the industry — Nancy, Making Gay History, and LBTQ&A, Food 4 Thot is producing one big show featuring a night of homo-shenanigans for pod-lovers and queer-lovers alike.


I Don’t Think So Honey LIVE!
June 29

The bell house
brooklyn, ny
8pm

With the iconiqué comedy podcast Las Culturistas, Fran will be performing a one-minute monologue railing against something in culture in their signature segment “I Don’t Think So Honey!”


Food 4 Thot LIVE at Tin House
July 18

Reed college
portland, or
10pm

Food 4 Thot is returning to its alma mater the Tin House Writer’s Retreat to produce a live show for the its residents and the general public.


Food 4 Thot LIVE with HBO
August 15

TBD
PROVincetown, MA
5-7PM

Food 4 Thot is working with HBO to take over Provincetown for one week, featuring a live show interviewing cast members from iconic HBO shows, in partnership with INTO. Cocktails after.


Food 4 Thot LIVE with HBO
August 16

TBD
PROVincetown, MA
11am-1PM

Food 4 Thot is working with HBO to take over Provincetown for one week, featuring a live show interviewing cast members from iconic HBO shows, in partnership with INTO. Cocktails after.


Union Docs Podcasting School
August 24

TBD

Fran is teaching a 2-hour seminar on how to build marketing, branding, and create viral interest around independent podcasting using tools in social media, newsletters, and strategy.


 

 

Writing

Fran has written for Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, them., Buzzfeed, Hello Mr., and more. He writes on topics like sex, race, relationships, culture, identity, and mental health, specifically as they pertain to queer communities. To get a taste of his work, try reading his cover story on Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius, his interview with Dan Savage and Greg Berlanti, his essay on queer Internet relationships, or his roundup of Queer Instagrammers to follow in 2018. To hire him to write, email him.

 
 

About

 
 Photo by James Emmerman

Photo by James Emmerman

 

Last year, Fran quit his full-time ad job to put full-time efforts into writing, editing, researching, documenting, convening, and uplifting the lives of queer people. Fran has been invited to speak at establishments like Juilliard, Harvard, Yale, Vassar, and for companies like Urban Outfitters, Buzzfeed, NYC Pride, Out in Tech, and Instagram. He is also hired to write, create content, and develop experiences for brands like Airbnb, Ace Hotel, Cadillac, Nike, The Standard, HBO, Banana Republic, Express, Sephora, Truth, Squarespace, Indigo Hotel Group, and The Jane Goodall Institute.

As the Executive Editor of Hello Mr., he wrote, edited, and curated the wide array of queer content and talent alongside the founder while also working across events and partnerships for the publication for 5 years.

As the co-creator and co-host of Food 4 Thot, Fran generates weekly episodes with his co-hosts on topics of race, identity, and sex. He also launched their full marketing campaign, reaching #19 on the iTunes charts in their first month, with mentions in The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, Vice, Buzzfeed, GLAAD, Apple, and AV Club.

With what spare time he has, he's developing his pet project, Communion, a queer artist collective that develops experiences, fundraisers, and event series exclusively for queer people. He is also working on two book projects — a novel and a book of essays — and is actively seeking a literary agent. He is also Latinx (Mexican, Spanish, and Puerto Rican), which he is only adding to his bio for SEO purposes, so his name comes up when white editors try to Google their way into hiring writers of color.