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Soft Cell: A Collaboration w/ University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies

January 22, 2021
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Please join us for the first presentation in our collaborative series. KXCI is excited to partner with the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies on four presentations highlighting LGBTQ+ artists, musicians, and musical eras. The presentations will be done by KXCI on-air DJs and will include a mix of audio and visual components. The presentations will provide historical and contemporary descriptions and analysis of the various ways LGBTQ+ performers have succeeded in the music industry despite the many challenges faced by the community of artists and performers.
About the presentation: This presentation will explore the success of the song “Tainted Love,” it’s exposure to what “gay” sounded and looked like and will also discuss the music industry’s attempt to keep artists closeted.
About the presenter: Kurt B. Reighley (aka DJ El Toro) is a Tucson-based fundraiser, author, and DJ. His published work includes the 2012 ebook Say Hello, Wave Goodbye: The Fleeting Fame & Lasting Legacy of Soft Cell and countless contributions to The Advocate and OUT. As a DJ, he has supported acts including Scissor Sisters, the B-52’s, and Village People; currently, he can be heard every Monday and Friday, from 10am to noon, on KXCI 91.3 FM Tucson. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @kurtbreighley or visit his website at
If you have any questions about this event or any accessibility needs, please contact Sarah Maaske at [email protected] Please try to make accessibility requests at least a week in advance, if possible.


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