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This Is the Person Behind Netflix's Queer Channel

Fran Tirado portrait.

And you may recognize him for his work with this very magazine.

Fran Tirado is a busy human! This time last year he was helping to steer the Out ship as our Deputy Editor. This came after functioning as the executive editor at the now-defunct Hello Mr. and while still performing as one of the hosts for the popular Food 4 Thot podcast -- he also launched our podcast, The Outcast. Now, he's relocated to Los Angeles and has taken up the role of brand and editorial strategy lead for LGBTQ+ content at Netflix, and he's making things happen.

In a new profile in the New York Times, Tirado gives a play-by-play of his life while social distancing. His job is overarching, seeing him help quarterback iniatives to help get eyeballs on the streamer's queer and trans content -- he leads the Most channels, developed Trixie and Katya's "I Like to Watch" series, and has a finger in the promotional campaigns for all of our favorite content. He also, understandably, is a part of Netflix's upcoming Pride initiative, as revealed in the feature.

"Luckily, only one component of our campaign has been disrupted by the virus," he writes in his daily diary for the Times. But Tirado is also doing a hell of a lot more. For one, he's working on a pilot for his own TV show and a film.

"I'm working on my own TV pilot and a feature, joining the ranks of every other cliched gay in Los Angeles," he writes. "This week, I'm working only on the feature -- a gay wedding rom-com I had the idea for when I was 19." That feature is partially inspired by Dolly Parton and revolves around "a new-money family of wealthy ranchers."

But that's truly only the tip of the iceberg. Tirado is also continuing with the Food 4 Thot podcast, helping build out a "queer guide" to New York City for an upcoming New York magazine coffee-table book, and doing countless hours of free consulting

"I do a lot of free business and marketing consulting for friends," he writes. "I don't mind doing it, so long as it's for queer and trans people."

And that, my friends, is what we love to see.

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