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Have you heard? OutSFL has announced its Person of the Year, the multihyphenate FayWhat?! Check out her in-depth interview with veteran reporter Steve Rothaus, where she shares how she overcame alcoholism, survived breast cancer, and got to where she is today.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


OUTSFL Person of the Year: FayWhat?!

By Steve Rothaus

A decade ago, OutSFL’s 2023 Person of the Year lost her radio career, her home and nearly her life to alcoholism.

She now celebrates nine years in recovery, a happy marriage to a loving wife, and streaming television fame as a leading voice in the South Florida LGBTQ community.

Exactly who is FayWhat?! – real name Fay Albernas – star news anchor and glamorous personality at Fort Lauderdale-based Happening Out Television Network? 

“She’s been with us 2½ years,” said Darren Loli, executive producer of Happening Out Television Network and VP of Hotspots/Happening Out Television Network. “What’s super important and unique about Fay is Fay acts like a bridge between the ‘L’ and the ‘G.’ That’s really important because when our community works together like that, we can accomplish so much more.”

Albernas – once known in South Florida as radio host Fay Carmona and “Lady Fay” of FM stations Y100 and Party 93.1 – grew up in Passaic, New Jersey.

“My mom wasn't too keen on the fact that I was gay and I knew that I was gay early on,” Albernas said. “I was in love with my volleyball teacher. I knew Spanish and I took Spanish classes in high school just because the teacher was hot.”

She then began cutting school and taking 20-minute bus rides to Greenwich Village and Broadway. 

“The only place that I saw myself was maybe on a stage. Not as a singer, not as a dancer. I can't do any of those things. But I just loved musicals so much.”

Albernas, the Colombian-Puerto Rican daughter of Spanish Baptists, was less happy at home. 



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