Rainbow Honor Walk Teaches Queer History

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As preparations for Sunday’s Castro Street Fair wind up, 20 bronze sidewalk plaques are in place to guide pedestrians on a stroll through queer history. The Rainbow Honor Walk is a growing monument along the streets of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood honoring LGBT pioneers. Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry is Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday. We’ll also hear Steven Short’s feature on “The Queer Past Becomes Present,” an exhibit at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, also in the Castro.  (Broadcast October 2, 2014.)
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Powerful Memoir: ‘Riding Fury Home’

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Chana Wilson grew up in the 1950s with a suicidal mother. She learned in adulthood that her mother had been a closeted lesbian given psychiatric treatments – including electroshock – to “cure” her. Mother and daughter developed a deep bond when both came out as lesbians in the women’s and gay liberation movements of the late 1960s and ’70s. There’s much more to this touching, fascinating story in Riding Fury Home, Chana’s memoir. Marilyn Pittman hosts. Out in the Bay, Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Supersurvivors – Growing from Adversity

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What does it take to bounce beyond trauma? David Feldman, co-author of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success, talks with host Eric Jansen about post-traumatic growth. It’s a topic Feldman finds particularly relevant to LGBT people, as “so many of us have faced significant loss, trauma, and other adversity during our lives, yet often find ways to thrive and build community.”  We’ll also hear powerful music from young lesbian pop sensation Mary Lambert, a singer-songwriter whose lyrics often deal with trauma. Hers include being raised in a strict Pentecostal household, being molested repeatedly by her father, abusing drugs before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and surviving a gang rape at 17. Hour-long broadcast starts 7pm Thursday, Sept. 11 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF Bay Area. 
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Lambert performs in San Francisco’s Nourse Auditorium Saturday, Sept. 27.

Tom Nolan’s New Passion: Aging Gays

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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, September 4, 2014, at 7pm at kalw.org and 91.7fm.
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Marriage brings crisis in “Love is Strange”

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Love is Strange is a new film starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an older gay couple, together 39 years, who get married after New York legalizes same sex marriage. That’s when their troubles begin in this touching, bittersweet, beautifully shot and beautifully acted movie.  Hear scenes from the film and hear director and co-writer Ira Sachs tell us about his inspiration. Eric Jansen hosts. Love is Strange opens in San Francisco Bay Area theaters Friday August 29.  (Broadcast Thursday, 8/28/14)
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Sex, Drugs, and Drag Shows: A Memoir

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The wild and crazy times of gay male life in San Francisco during the 1970s and ’80s are at the center of this new memoir by Mark Abramson.  ”For My Brothers” has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another, but with a tender and personal touch. A chronicle of characters including Sylvester, Divine, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Marilyn Pittman talks with author Mark Abramson about his brilliant new book, For My Brothers.  (From May 1, 2014, rebroadcast Thursday, August 21, 2014)

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