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The Gayest Generation Ep. 4 - Maxi Chanel

When: October 15, 2020

Welcome to The Gayest Generation, where we hear LGBTQ Elders speak for themselves. Every episode, we sit down with a different member of the LGBTQ community who laid the foundation for the freedoms we have today. Stories—their stories—make noise where there is silence and that silence has lived for far too long. It is time we let their voices fill the room.

In this episode, we get to know Washtenaw County drag legend Maxi Chanel. We’ll hear about her experiences growing up in Nigeria, what it was like to be a part of Ann Arbor’s soon-to-be-forgotten gay club scene, and the purpose of drag, which is all the more important during these grim times. Due to adult situations and language, viewer discretion is advised. This is the Gayest Generation.

We want to give a special shout out to Maxi Chanel and the Boylesque drag troupe. To keep up with their events, be sure to follow them on Facebook at

AADL is excited to announce that you can listen to this episode, or any episode of The Gayest Generation, on Apple Podcasts (or whatever your preferred place for podcast listening is!)

If you or someone you know is interested in being a guest on the show, e-mail

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October 15, 2020

Contains explicit content

Length: 01:16:40

Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)

Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


American Cultures
Gender & Sexuality
Local History
Oral Histories
Social Issues
Gayest Generation