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 7pm Thursday. Or listen right now at the link below. You’ll also hear Steven Short’s feature on “The Queer Past Becomes Present,” an ongoing exhibit at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, also in the Castro. (First aired October 2, 2014; rebroadcast 7pm PDT Oct. 1, 2015, on 91.7fm SF/ kalw.org)
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 Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin in this encore broadcast of Eric Jansen’s intimate 2006 interview with them at their kitchen table, when they shared their tales of San Francisco life and love for lesbians and gay men in the 1950s, ’60s and since. We also hear perspectives on love collected by queer youth training program outLoud Radio.
Broadcast Feb. 12, 2015. An hour-long two-part version, with testimonials from Del Martin’s civic memorial, is on our “Playing Favorites” page.