Robert Drake (he/him) was born and raised in Philadelphia, and prides himself on an insane level of #PhillyLove. In 1982, he co-founded Au Courant NewsMagazine, Philadelphia’s gay arts and culture paper. In 1988, he began his journey at WXPN-FM hosting the 80s program “Land of the Lost.” Robert has been a DJ for 40 years, and has hosted “Sex Dwarf,” an 80s dance party at Broad Hall in the historic Divine Lorraine, for the past 20 years.
What is your favorite Pride month event or celebration?
While large public parades and parties are fun, I love smaller events that celebrate the queer DIY community within our community, showcasing the creative artistic abilities demonstrated by local vendors.
What LGBTQ+ icons or activists have inspired you?
Harry Hay and Quentin Crisp are two iconic gay men that I’ve been fortunate to have interviewed in person. Both lived lives that inspired me to this day. Locally, folks like Rita Adessa, Heshie Zinman, Chris Bartlett, Gloria Casarez, and Joseph Beam are activists that have helped keep my internal flame burning bright.
What can people and corporations do to support the LGBTQ+ community year-round, not just during Pride month?
Put down the rainbow flags and put up the monies needed to truly support the needs of our communities.
How can businesses create more inclusive environments for their employees and patrons?
By speaking up and speaking out from the top down when it comes to issues that negatively affect the LGBTQ+ communities. Not to be afraid to get political when it matters by speaking against those who oppose our very being.