SF’s sordid anti-gay past in ‘Blackmail, My Love’

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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 were easy blackmail targets.  The book is illustrated with 21 of Gilmartin’s original prints, including “Miss Double Strand” above. Historian, printmaker, Queer Ancestors Project founder and first-time novelist Katie Gilmartin, who reads from her book and talks about San Francisco queer life in days of yore, is Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay.  We also hear “The Widow Norton” herself (aka the late Jose Sarria, one of just two true-life characters in Blackmail, My Love) sing the 1950s anthem “God Save Us Nelly Queens.” (First aired Dec. 4, 2014; rebroadcast Jan. 29 and Nov. 19, 2015)

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Blackmail, My Love, is published by Cleis Press, Berkeley, California

“Baloney” titillates and provokes

"Boloney - SF Oasis - 20th February 2015."

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 in San Francisco. You’ll also hear a clip from Phillis’ short film “Mini Supreme” about a 32-year-old man who enters a beauty pageant for little girls, and about the glue that holds these artists together and how they keep their creative dreams alive in the challenging city San Francisco has become. Broadcast 7pm PDT Thursday 7/9 on KALW.org + 91.7fm SF.   LISTEN after broadcast:

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Baloney plays at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret, 298 11th St. at Folsom, San Francisco, 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 9 – 11. More info and tickets at SFOasis.com

(photo by Gareth Gooch)

Out Walking The Streets of San Francisco!

Drag Me Along Tours' "Lola Montez"

Summer is for tourists here in San Francisco so that means it’s high season for Rick Shelton, aka “Lola Montez,” your tour guide at Drag Me Along Tours. Host Marilyn Pittman talks with Rick about his two-hour walking tour and the rich San Francisco history you may not hear about on the mainstream tours. As Lola says: “Hear stories of the Barbary Coast. San Francisco was rich in more than gold. Many came to San Francisco to ‘start over,’ to follow their dreams. The common met the exotic.” (7pm Thursday, May 21, right after Fresh Air, on 91.7FM Bay Area & kalw.org globally.)

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