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    Trans Women in Prison – “Soul Murder”

    Photojournalist Kristin Lyseggen profiles nine current and former inmates in “The Women of San Quentin: Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons.”  Surrounded by convicted murderers and rapists, she writes, they are often forced to fight for their lives on their way to womanhood inside some of the world’s most dangerous prisons for men.  […]

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    Queer Youth Still Threatened, Even in Bay Area

    With recent gay rights gains, why is it still difficult for young people to be lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or “queer,” even in the San Francisco Bay Area? The Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBT counseling and community center in Berkeley, reports that many queer youth feel unsafe at school every day. Eric Jansen’s […]

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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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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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