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    SF’s sordid anti-gay past in ‘Blackmail, My Love’

    Blackmail, My Love, is a noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 – “The Dark Ages of Queerdom,” as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it – when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up patrons and demanded “protection” money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of public exposure they […]

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    ‘Blame Sally’ helps separate church and state

    Lesbians and friends take over the stage at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, 8pm Friday, Nov. 13, in a concert benefiting Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a national non-profit that has defended LGBT and other civil rights in many recent legal cases and political battles. Pam Delgado and Monica Pasqual of […]

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    Shocktoberfest + Shakespeare/ Gore & War

    Halloween not enough? The century-old Grand Guignol theatre style is recreated in Thrillpeddlers‘ Shocktoberfest 16: Curse of the Cobra, playing through Nov. 21 at the Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Plenty gory!  And Theatre Rhinoceros, the nation’s longest-running LGBT theater company, presents the new comic drama Shakespeare Goes to War at The Thick House. Eric Jansen’s […]

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    The Best of Out In The Bay: Counter Culture Diva

    One of our favorites in capturing the queer cultural history of San Francisco in the ’70s and ’80s. Marilyn’s 2013 interview with former Cockettes member Dolores De Luce. Her memoir, “My Life, A Four-Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter-Culture Diva,” made Amazon’s Top 20. It’s an intimate, honest look back at gay life in the […]

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    Dragsters Bend Space in ‘Star Trek Live’

    Out in the Bay ventures into outer space 7pm Thursday with cast members of Star Trek Live, the comedic gender-bending homage to the hit ‘60s TV show now on stage at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret in San Francisco. Eric Jansen’s guests are Honey Mahogany, who plays communications officer Uhura, and Laurie Bushman, who plays intergalactic […]

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    Powerful Memoir: ‘Riding Fury Home’

    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 […]

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Rainbow Honor Walk Teaches Queer History

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 […]


Our 10th Anniversary Party Show!

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 […]

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‘A Simple Revolution’ ~ Poet Judy Grahn

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 […]


‘The Right Side of History’

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: […]

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Modern Families: Josh Gamson

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, […]

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Opera Star, Homeless Sing in “Street Requiem”

Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay […]

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