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 and Phyllis Lyon, Keith Boykin, Josh Gamson, and Anne Kronenburg. Aired Thursday June 25th at 7pm at kalw.org and 91.7fm San Francisco. Then it’s archived right here. Support us! Enjoy! LISTEN here after broadcast:
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 Woman Writ,” and shares some of that in her interview. Airs 7pm PDT Thursday, Sept. 17 on kalw.org and 91.7fm. (First broadcast 2013)
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 for a Global Society Award and was named on The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” list as one of the most important books of the decade. In this interview with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen, Pitman reads This Day in June — all 63 words! — and talks about the differences between writing for academics and for toddlers. Pitman, who teaches the psychology of sexual orientation and other subjects at Sacramento City College, says she finds today’s queer college students largely ignorant of LGBT history and is doing what she can to fix that. (Live interview conducted and aired 6/26/14, rebroadcast 6/11/15.)
This Day in June is published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association.
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 the history of gay San Francisco as Pride month begins. Out In The Bay, Thursday June 5th at 7pm.
The hilarious gay comedy pioneer Karen Ripley tells the stories of lesbian life in the ’70s in her solo show, “Oh, No! There’s Men On The Land!” opening May 1st at The Marsh in Berkeley. A gay stand-up before there WAS gay stand-up. Hear about the legendary Brick Hut cafe in Berkeley and all its ‘dyke drama,’ find out about the hot sex everybody was having with everybody, and discover the many characters of this coming-of-age story.
(Live interview aired April 23, 2015)
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 the 10th Anniversary of Out In The Bay (come to our Party on April 29th!) on KALW. Thursday, April 9th, 2015, at 7pm Pacific and kalw.org.