Is it true that most airline stewards are gay? Was it ever? How did their legal battles with airlines help advance gay rights and workplace gender equity? Is the tale of “Patient Zero” – a flight attendant accused of being the initial transcontinental spreader of HIV – accurate? Stow your tray tables and put your seats in their fully upright and locked positions for a quick flight through the history of airline flight attendants. Eric Jansen’s entertaining and talkative guest is Philadelphia University history professor Phil Tiemeyer, author of the intriguing new book, Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants, published by University of California Press. (First broadcast May 16, 2013, on 91.7 FM Bay Area; www.kalw.org worldwide.)
Huge thanks to the 80+ people who donated through Give OUT Day May 9! We raised over $3,000 in donations + a $3,000 bonus from Horizons Foundation for having the second highest number of individual donors for “small” Bay Area lgbt non-profits (annual budgets under $500k, and our budget is WAY under that!). We’re thrilled! And it was very close. We got 2nd place by a margin of ONE donor! So every single donation really mattered.
We received many wonderful, encouraging comments, too, including this dedication from an anonymous donor that really touched us: “This donation is in honor of my beloved cousin whom I lost to AIDS many years ago. He would’ve loved your show… ”
If you missed Give OUT Day, of course you can send us comments or donate anytime on our donation page.
Rather give of your time and skills? Wonderful! There are many ways you can help bring queer voices to the world every week, including ways in which you could get on-air recognition for yourself or to build your business. Check out the professional service, volunteer, intern and other options on our We Need Help! page.
You can LISTEN here to our interview about Give OUT Day and low philanthropy rates in the LGBT community:
Pride is just around the corner so let’s have some fun! Marilyn takes a look at “Gay Days” in amusement parks. Disneyworld was first in ’91 and the right wing boycotted them for 8 years. Do we still need them? Her guest is drag star Pollo Del Mar, who’s producing “Pride Night” at Great America Friday, May 24th, in Santa Clara, CA. She’s got TV host Wendy Williams, Glee’s Alex Newell (“Unique”), and lots of other entertainment and fun planned. (Broadcast and streaming live, Thursday, May 9th, 2013, at 7pm.)
Less than 5 percent of LGBT people give directly to LGBT causes. Why is that? In the midst of another tech boom, why do Bay Area non-profits, gay and straight, still struggle? How might they tap into the “new young money”? How much can social media help? Give OUT Day, a new national experiment in online giving for LGBT causes, debuts May 9. Join host Eric Jansen and his guests, Jodi Schwartz of LYRIC, a non-profit serving queer and questioning youth in San Francisco for more than 20 years; Roger Doughty of the Horizons Foundation, the Bay Area’s LGBT foundation; and Noris Chavarría of Bolder Giving, co-creator of Give OUT Day, to hear about these issues and how you can get involved. (Broadcast live Thursday, May 2)
We encourage you to give to Out in the Bay during Give Out Day, running 24 hours from 9pm Pacific Time Wednesday, May 8, to 8:59pm Pacific Time Thursday, May 9, on Out in the Bay’s Give Out Day page.
Or, donate right here, anytime on our own donation page. We thank you!
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, the provocative, agitated, angry, queer anti-assimilationist writer, is back! With her latest … manifesto? Or memoir? (even though she’s still under 40!) In The End of San Francisco, Mattilda deals with family, incest, gay sex work, the digital ruination of our City by the Bay, political correctness and its stifling effect on activism and even on simple conversation, and much more. Join Mattilda and host Eric Jansen for, in Mattilda’s words, another “delicious conversation” about life, struggles, triumphs — ours and the cities we live in. (Live interview, 7pm Thursday, April 25).
LISTEN (Brief audio glitch about one minute in. Keep listening, it’s worth it!)