Judy Grahn’s “Common Woman” poems in the ’60s and ’70s inspired a generation of lesbian feminists. Her 2012 book, “A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet,” is part history, part memoir and a brilliant read. In 2014, she was SFPride’s Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshall. Marilyn profiled Judy in the 1982 NPR-funded series “By A Woman Writ,” and shares some of that in her interview. Airs 7pm PDT Thursday, Sept. 17 on kalw.org and 91.7fm. (First broadcast 2013)
Contrary to popular mythology, the LGBT civil rights movement did not begin with the June 1969 Stonewall Rebellion at New York’s Stonewall Inn. Eric Jansen’s guests this week on Out in the Bay are Adrian Brooks, essayist and editor of, and Max Wolf Valerio, essay contributor to the new anthology The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism. The book contains 31 essays by and about people who’ve advanced queer rights over the past century, starting with Isadora Duncan, the early 20th Century revolutionary dancer who shocked the U.S. with her Communism and bisexuality, and including Stonewall participant Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Harvey Mik, Barney Frank, Josephine Baker and Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief strategist, Bayard Rustin. (Airs 7pm PDT Thursday, 9/10/15, on 91.7fm + kalw.org)
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The Right Side of History is available on Amazon.com and in independent bookstores.
Making a baby isn’t easy if you’re two gay men. But that’s what author Joshua Gamson and his husband, Richard, set out to do. Twice. Those stories and four others are what makes up his new book, “Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship.” Marilyn explores with him the complexities, physically, legally, and politically, of what these parents went through and why. Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 7pm Pacific at kalw.org, 91.7fm in San Francisco and then streaming on this website.
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Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe. Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm PDT Thursday, Aug. 27 on kalw.org, 91.7fm SF Bay Area.
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This weekend’s California Premiere of Street Requiem: For those who have died on the street features opera star Frederica von Stade and benefits Singers of the Street, a San Francisco-based choir McGuire founded in 2010 for people affected by homelessness. They will sing in this weekend’s concerts as part of a mass choir made up of four choruses and accompanied by the Community Women’s Orchestra and Carl Pantle on piano.
Performances: 7pm Saturday, Aug. 29, Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco and 2pm Sunday, Aug. 30, Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo.
Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert in August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What’s queer about it? On this week’s Out in the Bay (airing 7pm PDT Aug. 20 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF), Eric Jansen’s guests are Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal, writer and photographer, respectively, of the book Burning Man: Art on Fire; and ‘Foxy,’ past mayor of Camp Beaverton, the main lesbian camp in Burning Man‘s “gayborhood.”
(This episode of Out in the Bay first aired 8/14/2014)