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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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    The Art & Queerness of Burning Man

    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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, […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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Ptown – the gayest little city in the world

How did Provincetown, MA, get to be “gay, gay, GAY,” as the Provincetown Business Guild puts it? Let the locals tell you – the lounge pianist who’s been there 50 years, The Fabulous Dyketones founder, the activist-artist who made a dress out of tampon applicators, and the town clerk who married 200+ couples in one […]

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Wide Open Town: San Francisco before 1965

How did San Francisco become such a gay mecca? Was it the Gold Rush? Post-prohibition liquor laws? The bar scene? Marilyn Pittman talks with Nan Boyd, chair of women’s studies at San Francisco State University and author of “Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965.” A special rebroadcast in celebration of […]

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Sex, Drugs, and Drag Shows: A Memoir

Marilyn takes a trip back to the ’70s and early ’80s with author Mark Abramson. His memoir, “For My Brothers,” has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another.  A cast of characters including Sylvester, Divine, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Out In The Bay, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at […]

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The Best of Out In The Bay: Lesley Gore

Marilyn Pittman’s and Eric Jansen’s 2007 interview with the late Lesley Gore. Discovered by Quincy Jones, Gore’s iconic, “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” and “You Don’t Own Me,” were smash hits that became classics. Hear about how she came out and who helped her do it, and how she brought […]

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The Best of OITB’s Ten Years: Sylvester

Marilyn Pittman’s sound portrait of the late great disco diva Sylvester. Josh Gamson talks with Marilyn and reads from his biography, “The Fabulous Sylvester.” We hear from the fans at the book party launch in 2005 at the The Center.  Live concert footage with Sylvester and The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes. (broadcast Feb. 26, […]

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Del & Phyllis: A six-decade love story

The most famous lesbian couple in LGBT history got married the first time around on Feb. 12, 2004, in San Francisco City Hall after being together for 51 years.  They had moved in together on Castro Street in 1953, on Valentine’s Day, which they considered their anniversary. This Valentine’s Day weekend, we honor pioneering activists […]

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