Fran Tirado

Fran Tirado is a writer and speaker on all things queer.  He’s also the host of Food 4 Thot and other queer podcasts, a strategist behind Pride campaigns, the former deputy editor at Out, and executive editor of Hello Mr. He currently makes queer shit happen at Netflix and is generally very loud on Twitter and Instagram.

Photos by Michael George

Photos by Michael George




Fran’s work has been featured or mentioned in Mic, VICE, Dazed, The New Yorker, AV Club, Vulture, OUT, NPR, The Stranger, INTO, GLAAD, Adweek, Insider, Paper, The Advocate, Autostraddle, Nylon, Paste, Remezcla, Newsweek, Vulture, NBC, Gayletter, Buzzfeed, and he was honored by Brooklyn as one of their 30 Under 30. 


Fran has been invited to speak at establishments like Juilliard, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Vassar, UCLA, UC Irvine, and for companies like Urban Outfitters, Buzzfeed, NYC Pride, Out in Tech, Mailchimp, and Instagram. He gives lectures, panels, workshops, and keynotes on: Queer Representation, Editing, Sex, Gender, Race, Intersectionality, Podcast Marketing, and Latinx Identity. To bring Fran to your campus or company:

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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.



Fundraiser for Cynthia Nixon
Aug 28

fresh salt
new york, NY

With the New York state primary is in three weeks, a group of progressive democrats raise $$$$ for Cynthia Nixon's gubernatorial campaign. 

A live talk and variety show combining a full evening of your favorite queer podcasts for New Orleans queer festival Southern Decadence. All proceeds benefit Transgender Legal.

Big Queer Pod Fest
Sept 1

ace hotel new orleans
new orleans, LA

Join me for an evening of queer storytelling where I will surely make a huge ass of myself telling a story about modern gay sexcapades.

Here & Queer @ UCB
Sept 5

UCB Hell's kitchen
New York, ny

Emcee for an evening of amateur drag.

Bushwig After Party
Sept 8


An intimate poetry reading with Ashley August and Timothy DuWhite put on by OUT Hudson. 

Poetry Night
Sept 15

Spotty dog
hudson, ny

An evening of readings with Food 4 Thot and guest performers Ashley August & Camognhe Felix

Food 4 Thot Reads
Oct 6


Appearance on as panel at a one-day symposium on podcasting to be hosted at UC, Irvine.

Hear All About It
Oct 26

UC Urvine
Berkeley, CA

"One Day Immersion" to sit on a panel at PACE with students looking to produce/create in non-traditional mediums. The panel is called "Producing in a Disruptive World" 

Hear All About It
Nov 2




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.