Dr. Patt Denning: Harm Reduction Pioneer

Dr.Patt Denning

Dr. Patt Denning is the creator of the revolutionary San Francisco’s Harm Reduction Therapy Center. Her book, “Practicing Harm Reduction” is the bible in this alternative approach to treating addiction. In the 1990′s it became a new strategy for AIDS prevention and is widely regarded as a more tolerant and accepting strategy for working with addicts. Marilyn Pittman interviews her Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 7pm PT.

Tom Nolan’s New Passion: Aging Gays

Tom Nolan

Tom Nolan ran Project Open Hand, created during the AIDS crisis to help feed the sick, for almost two decades. He’s now the chairman of the MUNI board. But his passion is gay rights and right now it’s the plight of the city’s gay seniors that has his attention. Marilyn Pittman talks with Tom about the findings of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force, What is the state of the city’s gay elders? What kinds of challenges do they face that others don’t? You might be surprised. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7pm at kalw.org and 91.7fm.

Lesbian Pulp Fiction, 21st Century Style


San Francisco author, film editor and critic Monica Nolan just completed the fourth book in her saucy Lesbian Career Girl series. With titles like “Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary,” “Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher” and “Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilletante,” they’re spoofs of 1950s and ‘60s career primers for high school girls, and humorous homages to lesbian pulp fiction of the same era – often-maligned literature that helped build the gay rights movement. Join Nolan with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen as they read selections from her racy fiction — including a sneak peek from her yet-to-be-released “Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady” –  and discuss how historically-set novels and film document the changes in societal norms and LGBT rights over the years. (Broadcast live April 3, 2014)


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Learn more about Monica Nolan and her books at her website, www.MonicaNolan.com

Grief: Similar and different for LGBTs


How do we cope with the death of a spouse or lover? Or of a parent or sibling with whom we had a troubled relationship? What particular challenges do LGBT people face in grieving? Surveys show that most Americans consider the loss of someone’s unmarried partner less traumatic for the survivor than the loss of a wife or husband. Where does that leave gay men and lesbians whose life partners die? Bereavement experts say many minorities suffer “disenfranchised grief” – grief not fully recognized by society. On this week’s Out in the Bay, Eric Jansen and guests discuss these and other aspects of grief and loss. (Broadcast 7pm March 27, 2014)

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Guests: Reagan Humber is bereavement coordinator for Gentiva Hospice of the East Bay and an Episcopal chaplain; Susan Casslan is a former psychiatric nurse who chairs the Grief and Consolation Ministry at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco and wrote a book about death and dying: Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a San Francisco Renegade Priest,* published in 2012.

Grief support groups: For information about Most Holy Redeemer’s LGBT-friendly free grief support groups in San Francisco, email gcm@mhr.org.  In the East Bay, Gentiva Hospice currently offers free grief support groups at Alameda Hospital, Alameda (last Wednesday of every month) and at Emeritus at Creekside Lodge, San Pablo (second Tuesday of every month). Both groups are from 4:00- 5:30 PM. For more information contact Reagan.humber@gentiva.com or call 925-737-0203.

*(Richard Purcell was an openly gay Franciscan priest who ran a homeless shelter for men with AIDS in San Francisco’s Mission District for 20 years. As Richard became ill and died from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), he was cared for by some of the same gay men whom he had helped earlier. )

Chorus honors memory of cyber-bully target


Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman. He killed himself after his roommate recorded webcam videos of Tyler’s lustful encounters with another man, then invited other students to view them. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus premieres “Tyler’s Suite,” composed in Tyler’s honor and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, in Davies Symphony Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 – 26. It’s part of the chorus’ concert LUSTER: An American Songbook. On this week’s Out in the Bay, hear Callaway’s new song and Tyler’s mother Jane Clementi and SFGMC artistic director Timothy Seelig discuss cyber-bullying, other life and death issues, and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.  Eric Jansen hosts. Live interview airs 7pm PDT Thursday 3/20 on kalw.org + 91.7FM Bay Area; listen after broadcast at link below.

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