First-Hand Accounts From LGBT Africans

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With Uganda’s ruling party this week proposing a new anti-gay bill many LGBT advocates say is even worse than the law struck down in August, a Ugandan civil rights leader and two activists from Cameroon appear on Out in the Bay to give first-hand accounts of the situation in their countries.
      Pepe Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), talks about government tracking of activists and the public backlash after Uganda’s high court nullified the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and describes how homophobia and transphobia are sweeping the continent. Gaelle runs the Cameroon non-profit women’s support organization Elles; Cedric Lopez, who worked for the AIDS organization Centre Access, fled Cameroon last year fearing for his life and now lives in the Bay Area. (Gaelle did not want her last name used.) We also hear “We Were The Hunted Then” from St. Louis, Missouri-based singer/songwriter Jon Valley. Eric Jansen hosts. <--break->(Broadcast Nov. 13, 2014)

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Funny Tuesdays with Ronn Vigh!

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Marilyn Pittman talks with comedian and producer Ronn Vigh about the state of gay comedy and his weekly show, “Funny Tuesdays,” at Harvey’s in the Castro. Are social media and political correctness stifling the kind of material comics can do?  Are the gays just too damn sensitive? Hear from Ronn on his 9 years producing the show and what he’s seen and heard. Plus he has MUNI jokes! (Aired Thursday, November 6, 2014)

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ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN

Making feature films with lesbians at the center isn’t an easy task, especially when you have to shoot it in 5 days! Hear about the actors, the improv, and the steamy love scenes as host Marilyn Pittman talks to writer-director Marina Rice Bader, Thursday, October 30th, 7pm, kalw.org and 91.7fm.  Then we archive it on this site!  See the film at Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco’s Mission District Saturday, November 1st, at 7pm. http://brava.org

Sea Slugs & “Science, Neat”

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Shayle Matsuda is a graduate student studying sea slugs at the California Academy of Sciences. Out of the lab, he creates research experiences for high school students and hosts an interactive happy hour series at San Francisco’s El Rio bar called “Science, Neat.” He draws by hand, water-colors, and uses digital media to make science more accessible. (His hand-drawn “Science, Neat” whale skeleton illustration is above.)  Matsuda is transgender, and at a Bay Area Science Festival event Oct. 28, he will talk about the challenges and rewards of being in transition while in the close quarters of a scientific expedition. He shares these and other highlights of his personal journey and his passion for science on this week’s Out in the Bay with host Eric Jansen.  7pm Thursday, Oct. 23, 91.7 FM + kalw.org
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Shayle Matsuda hosts “Science, Neat” at El Rio, 3158 Mission St. near Cesar Chavez, SF, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wednesday Oct. 29, and speaks at the Bay Area Science Festival’s “Story Collider & Inquiring Minds Live” event Tuesday, Oct. 28, starting at 7pm, at The Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., SF.

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.

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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