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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    ‘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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Psychology professor Gayle Pitman's picture book about Pride parades helps grown-ups introduce sexual orientation concepts to very young kids. "This Day in June"'s appended reading guide gives adults high points of LGBT culture and history. Hear her interview with Eric Jansen here



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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“Baloney” titillates and provokes

Its creators call Baloney “San Francisco’s First Gay All-Male Revue,” but this weekend in SF, women join the cast.  Choreographer Rory Davis and writer and director Michael Phillis play clips and tell the tale of this humorous, sexy, thought-provoking show on this week’s Out in the Bay. Baloney plays this Thursday – Saturday at Oasis […]

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“I’m Already Disturbed Please Come In”

Facebook screenshots figure prominently in Gabrielle Glancy’s new book. That’s because during her long, debilitating illness doctors couldn’t diagnose, Glancy trolled Facebook but lacked enough energy to write.  The award-winning poet and nationally known college admissions expert later wove the screenshots into I’m Already Disturbed Please Come In: Parasites, Social Media & Other Planetary Disturbances […]

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Gay Semiotics – a photo trip to the 1970s

Gay Semiotics is a set of two dozen iconic photographs with embedded text presented as a tongue-in-cheek anthropological essay on the codes of sexual orientation and identification in 1970s San Francisco. They’re on view through June 27, for the first time in San Francisco since 1977, at Ratio 3 gallery, 2831A Mission St.      Eric […]

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Teaching Toddlers Queer History & Diversity

Psychology professor Gayle Pitman’s picture book about Pride parades helps parents and teachers introduce sexual orientation concepts to very young kids. This Day in June‘s appended reading guide gives adults high points of LGBT culture and history. Since our June 2014 interview, it won the American Library Association’s 2015 Stonewall Award, the International Reading Association’s Notable Books […]


The Gay ’70s: “Sex, Drugs, and Disco”

Take a trip back to the ‘70s with San Francisco author Mark Abramson and host Marilyn Pittman. His memoir, “Sex, Drugs, and Disco” chronicles the story of gay men flooding into the Castro from all over the country to find more freedom. A time of cheap drinks, cheap sex, lots of drugs, and penicillin trucks.  Another chapter in […]

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