Meet California State Senator Mark Leno

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State Senator Mark Leno is the first openly gay man to serve in California’s Senate. A champion of LGBT rights throughout his career, Leno is far from a ‘single-issue’ politician. As he approaches his last year in the Senate — he’s termed out in 2016 — hear Leno chat with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen about his political priorities, his thoughts on what’s next for LGBT rights and, after representing San Francisco for more than a decade, his views on the state of our city and how we can meet our challenges. Leno also shares some stories from his past, including his stint in rabbinical school, and briefly muses on his future. (Interview aired Aug. 13, 2015.)

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Conversion Therapy Persists

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The June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage changed consciousness. But right wing zealots keep practicing ‘conversion therapy’ on minors, trying to make them not be LGBT. Marilyn takes a look at this unethical and dangerous practice with activists Joe Rodriguez and Jim Walker. Just when you thought gay rights was over! Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 7pm, our award-winning show, “Out In The Bay.”

Straights … in Post-Closeted Culture

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How has the growing acceptance and visibility of LGBT people affected how straight Americans view sexuality and gender – including their own?  How has it changed the way all of us think about sexuality and gender?  Eric Jansen’s guest this week is Sonoma State University sociology professor James Joseph Dean, author of Straights:  Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture.  He argues that – among other things – the “presumption of heterosexuality has vanished.”  In other words, even straight people can’t expect that others will assume they’re straight, and that affects how they present themselves in the world. Dean’s book examines the changing nature of masculinity, femininity and sexual expression in America, and the emergence of  what he calls “a new kind of heterosexuality.” (Live interview aired 7pm Thursday, July 30, 2015)

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Harvey Milk In His Own Words

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In celebration of the U.S.Supreme Court marriage equality decision in June, we honor the first openly gay elected politician in America, Harvey Milk. Hear Harvey in his own words as scholars James Black and Charles Morris read from their book, “An Archive of Hope.” It’s a collection of Milk’s speeches, columns, and campaign materials, including his famous campaign motto: “You gotta give ’em hope.” Marilyn Pittman hosts. Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7pm Pacific, 90.1fm and kalw.org. (First aired October 13, 2013)

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Gilbert Baker: The Rainbow Flag

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Find out how the rainbow came to be a worldwide symbol of the gay rights movement. Why was it so hard to find pink flag fabric? What do the colors stand for? Marilyn interviews Gilbert Baker, the creator of the Rainbow Flag which was created for San Francisco’s 1978 Pride Parade when Harvey Milk was leading the way. 7pm Thursday July 16th, 2015 at kalw.org, 91.7fm San Francisco. LISTEN

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