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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Welcome to Dennis Anyone, a podcast about making things up and making things happen. I love to talk to creative types about what they do and how they do it. Hope you enjoy my conversations as much as I do. - Dennis H.

Jun 15, 2023

Dennis is joined via Zoom from Mexico City by Saul Franco, the founder of Divercitours, an LGBT tour company based in Mexico City. Dennis took a one-on-one walking tour with Saul back in May of the city center and it was the highlight of his time in Mexico CIty.  In the interview, Saul talks about how he came up with the idea of starting a tour company, learning things he never knew about his city during his research and his mission of leading his tours as if he were not just a knowledgable guide, but a friend who's just showing you around the city he loves. Dennis also asks Saul about things that came up on the tour, like the iconic waitress uniforms at Sanborns, why people in Mexico City stress out about earthquakes when September rolls around, what the new pink seats mean on buses and subways and why locals rarely wear wear shorts or skirts in public. Other topics include: how Salma Hayek inspired him, how the James Bond movie Spectre inspired the city to mount a Day of the Dead parade like the one in the movie, the difference between "cheap" food and "affordable" food, the real life gay scandal behind the recent Netflix film Dance of the 41, the ‘gay’ Zapata painting by queer artist Fabian Chairez that caused a major scandal at the Fine Arts Palace just a few years ago, the city’s Frida Kahlo fixation, accessible politicians and why his favorite part of his tours is the hug.