Dr. Patt Denning: Harm Reduction Pioneer


Maybe it takes a lesbian to pioneer alternatives in substance abuse treatment. In the early ’90s, Harm Reduction evolved as a new strategy for AIDS prevention. Stopping drug and alcohol abuse was no longer a condition for treatment. Marilyn talks with Dr. Patt Denning who created the revolutionary Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco. Her book, “Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy,” is the bible of this rising movement. Tune in Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 7pm PT.

“Passion” for LGBT Choral Music


The SF Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Passion” April 1 & 2. The group first performed in 1978 after the murders of gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone that morning. Three years later, they toured the USA, inspiring dozens of gay and lesbian choruses to form. These groups provided cultural voice and safe social connections for LGBT people, especially in small towns and away from the coasts.

Today there are hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender and mixed choruses across the country. With LGBT people largely accepted in most of America – especially in big cities – what purpose do they serve and how have they changed? The SF Gay Men’s Chorus’ innovative 2015 spring concert Passion, April 1 & 2 in Davies Symphony Hall, gives some clues. Passion features a San Francisco premiere and two world premieres: For a Look or a Touch, a choral opera about persecution of gays in the Holocaust; My Friend, My Lover: Five Walt Whitman Songs; and #twitterlieder: 15 Acts in 3 Tweets, chronicling an entire life though songs of 140 characters or less.

The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco also have spring concerts, Stage & Screen and Guns and Roses: Songs of War ‘n Peace, respectively, both on April 18 & 19.

With Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen to talk about LGBT choral music today and their spring concerts are San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus conductor and artistic director Timothy Seelig, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus conductor and artistic director Carl Pantle, and SF Opera Adler Fellow baritone Hadleigh Adams and actor Kip Niven. (Broadcast live Thursday, March 26, 2015)


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San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ensemble The Lollipop Guild will perform at Out in the Bay‘s 10th Anniversary Party, Wed., April 29, 5 to 8pm at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret. Join us!  Click here for more info and here to buy tickets.

Sex, Drugs, and Drag Shows: A Memoir

For My Brothers
Marilyn takes a trip back to the ’70s and early ’80s with author Mark Abramson. His memoir, “For My Brothers,” has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another.  A cast of characters including Sylvester, Divine, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Out In The Bay, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7pm Pacific.


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1) Spread the word. Tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues, exes … anyone you think might like hearing about queer history and contemporary culture.  Send ‘em a link to this site (www.OutintheBay.org) or our Out in the Bay page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/outinthebay).  Please  “like” us on Facebook and follow us too!

2) Help us, as a volunteer, intern or pro bono services donor (we can thank you on the air to build your business!):

  • Research show topics and guests
  • Keep our website content current
  • Develop our social media presence
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3) Connect us with your networks of:

  • Potential donors or underwriters (who get their businesses thanked on our program, heard by thousands weekly!)
  • Foundation grantmakers
  • Fundraising party planners
  • Journalists who might feature Out in the Bay

4) Open your home to us for a fundraising party and meet fascinating Out in the Bay guests and listeners.

5) Donate audio studio time

6) Affordable housing?!? (Gotta put it out there. My rent-controlled situation may be coming to an end, and independent radio producers don’t make nearly enough in this town to pay market rates … )

7) Hire us to help you with voice-overs, copy-writing, media relations, media planning, interviewing skills, and audio-video production.

8)  Other:  This list may change over time, so check back. And let us know any way YOU might be able to help us!

If you have an interest in any of the above, or know someone who might, please email Eric@OutintheBay.com

Thank You!

The Best of Out In The Bay: Early Days of AIDS


AIDS led the world to many new discoveries in medicine. But San Francisco General Hospital pioneered a new model of patient care. In the film, “Life Before The Lifeboat,” Dr. Paul Volberding interviews nurses, doctors, medical professionals, and community leaders from that time. Marilyn’s audio version of the film is a compelling, dramatic, intense listening experience. A special rebroadcast Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 7pm. Celebrating 10 years.

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