One of Marilyn Pittman’s best interviews. 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. Out in the Bay, Thursday, 7pm PT, October 8, 2015
Twenty bronze sidewalk plaques guide pedestrians on a stroll through queer history in San Francisco’s Castro district. The Rainbow Honor Walk, a growing monument along the streets of San Francisco honoring LGBT pioneers, debuted one year ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Out in the Bay re-airs Eric Jansen’s interview with Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry at 7pm Thursday. Or listen right now at the link below. You’ll also hear Steven Short’s feature on “The Queer Past Becomes Present,” an ongoing exhibit at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, also in the Castro. (First aired October 2, 2014; rebroadcast 7pm PDT Oct. 1, 2015, on 91.7fm SF/ kalw.org)
On April 29th, 2015 at The Oasis Cabaret and Nightclub in San Francisco’s SoMa district we taped the show before a live audience. Full of the best clips from 10 years of our show, Eric and I sat onstage and had a blast. Hear from Ang Lee, John Waters, Judy Shepherd, Lesley Gore, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, Keith Boykin, Josh Gamson, and Anne Kronenburg. Aired Thursday June 25th at 7pm at kalw.org and 91.7fm San Francisco. Then it’s archived right here. Support us! Enjoy! LISTEN here after broadcast:
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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