Ptown – the gayest little city in the world


How did Provincetown, Massachusetts, get to be so “gay, gay, gay,” as the Provincetown Business Guild puts it? Let the locals fill you in. Hear from the lounge pianist who’s been there 50 years, The Fabulous Dyketones founder, the activist-artist who made a dress out of tampon applicators, and the town clerk who married 200+ couples on one day. They and others tell  about Portuguese sailors, fine art, sand-filled cars, mass same-sex weddings, the dunes, the “dick dock” and more on this documentary-style romp with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen through what is probably the gayest little city in the world (at least per capita!). Edited by Nora Elmeligy and Eric Jansen. Airs 7pm PST Thursday, Aril 24, 2014* on 91.7 FM Bay Area and globally.


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PTown people, places and links:  For more PTown info, check out the Provincetown Business Guild (LGBT tourism promoters) or the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.

I enjoyed my stays at the Prince Albert Guest House — one of Ptown’s many small, charming historic inns — and at The Crown & Anchor, a lodging, dining and entertainment complex with six gay bars including Ptown’s largest nightclub and the piano lounge where Bobby Wetherbee holds court. Thank you hoteliers Bob Sanborn of Prince Albert Guest House and Rick Murray of The Crown & Anchor for your hospitality!

Also enjoyed waterfront cocktails at Cass Benson‘s Harbor Lounge (love her slogan: “Drink in the view”), a cozy place with its own pier that’s not a huge “scene.” It’s very close to Bakker Antiques, where you’ll often find art historian Jim Bakker and will surely see many fine pieces of art and antiques. Be sure to stop in and say hello to handsome and helpful Char Priolo at the Chamber of Commerce’s info office at the foot of the pier, and encourage her to get The Fabulous Dyketones together for a reunion tour!  (You can hear The Fabulous Dyketones and other queer music-makers, past and present, online at Queer Music Heritage) If you’re a swimmer, paddler, or supporter of either, considering Jay Critchley‘s annual HIV services and women’s health fundraiser, the Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, held every September since 1988. Finally, if you’ve an urge to merge in Ptown, plenty of info on marrying there is on the Provincetown Town Hall’s website. Doug Johnstone has been Town Clerk since 2003.

*This documentary originally aired Sept. 19, 2013 and was first rebroadcast Feb. 20, 2014.



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 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,

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  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 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. )

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