On the air: Proud Butch FeMme


Deb, Dirk, Mann… whatever you call her, just call

Deb Pearce has a lot to be proud of. The industrious gal about town is a fixture in Toronto’s queer community: hosting events, dragging it up king-style and, most recently, returning to the airwaves as host of 103.9 Proud FM’s midday program.

A series of informal coffee-shop t?te-?-t?tes led the new gay radio station’s program director Rob Basile to extend a job offer to Pearce, already a radio veteran from her previous morning show on Jack FM. What followed was a carefully considered, lengthily deliberated decision for the funny lady.

“I contemplated for a millisecond and said, ‘Hell, yes!'” says Pearce, laughing. “I took to it like a dyke to water.”