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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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Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert in August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What’s queer about it? On this week’s Out in the Bay (airing 7pm PDT Aug. 20 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF), Eric Jansen’s guests are Jennifer […]


Meet California State Senator Mark Leno

State Senator Mark Leno is the first openly gay man to serve in California’s Senate. A champion of LGBT rights throughout his career, Leno is far from a ‘single-issue’ politician. As he approaches his last year in the Senate — he’s termed out in 2016 — hear Leno chat with Out in the Bay host Eric […]


Conversion Therapy Persists

The June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage changed consciousness. But right wing zealots keep practicing ‘conversion therapy’ on minors, trying to make them not be LGBT. Marilyn takes a look at this unethical and dangerous practice with activists Joe Rodriguez and Jim Walker. Just when you thought gay rights was over! Thursday, August 6th, […]


Straights … in Post-Closeted Culture

How has the growing acceptance and visibility of LGBT people affected how straight Americans view sexuality and gender – including their own?  How has it changed the way all of us think about sexuality and gender?  Eric Jansen’s guest this week is Sonoma State University sociology professor James Joseph Dean, author of Straights:  Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture.  He argues that […]


Harvey Milk In His Own Words

In celebration of the U.S.Supreme Court marriage equality decision in June, we honor the first openly gay elected politician in America, Harvey Milk. Hear Harvey in his own words as scholars James Black and Charles Morris read from their book, “An Archive of Hope.” It’s a collection of Milk’s speeches, columns, and campaign materials, including […]


Gilbert Baker: The Rainbow Flag

Find out how the rainbow came to be a worldwide symbol of the gay rights movement. Why was it so hard to find pink flag fabric? What do the colors stand for? Marilyn interviews Gilbert Baker, the creator of the Rainbow Flag which was created for San Francisco’s 1978 Pride Parade when Harvey Milk was […]

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