Liberace’s Spectacular Crystal Closet

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Recovering from our 10-year celebration and show taping last night, tonight at 7 we re-air a favorite we couldn’t include any clips from last night. It’s a music-rich documentary on the late “Mr. Showmanship”‘s life and legacy, produced by Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen and told with love by Liberace Museum curators and a Liberace tribute artist, and featuring Liberace’s own voice and music.

Liberace and his family vigorously denied that he was gay, even when he died of AIDS complications in 1987. Yet he was a consummate performer almost until the very end. Sit back (preferably in marble tub with champagne in hand!), close your eyes and enjoy a trip back in time with the most spectacular, outlandish, and ground-breaking closeted entertainer of the 20th century. (Interviews conducted and first broadcast in 2009; updated May 2013.) We’ll be back to fresh shows next week.

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The Tale of Tom & Jerry’s Tree

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Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein’s Christmas Tree & Holiday Spectacle in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights draws thousands of visitors. The tree is 65 feet tall! They use a crane to place oversized ornaments, presents, and stuffed toy animals around it. Why do they put on this extravagant display every December, for 20+ years now, all at their own expense? It’s one of their gifts back to the city – and maybe one of the reasons they’ve been together 41 years.  Tom & Jerry, active philanthropists, also founded the Diversity Foundation of San Francisco. Meet them and hear their tale, and their tree’s, on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, Dec. 11, 91.7fm + kalw.org. Eric Jansen hosts.<--break->

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The tree and display are on view now through New Year’s Day at 3560 – 21st Street. Santa Claus is there, with candy canes for the kids, every evening through Christmas Eve 6:30 – 9:30pm.  Don’t plan to park on this STEEP block of 21st Street.  If you drive there, park a block or two away and walk to see this fantastic display.

Airline Stewards’ Sky-high Impact

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Is it true that most airline stewards are gay? Was it ever? How did their legal battles with airlines help advance gay rights and workplace gender equity?  Is the tale of “Patient Zero” – a flight attendant accused of being the initial transcontinental spreader of HIV – accurate? Stow your tray tables and put your seats in their fully upright and locked positions for a quick flight through the history of airline flight attendants. Eric Jansen’s entertaining and talkative guest is Philadelphia University history professor Phil Tiemeyer, author of the intriguing book Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants, published by University of California Press.   Broadcast 7pm July 31, 2014, on 91.7 FM Bay Area + www.kalw.org worldwide.  (Slightly shorter version first aired May 16, 2013; rebroadcast 8/1/2013)

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How U.S. fundies fuel gay hate in Africa

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God Loves Uganda is a feature-length documentary about the influence of U.S.-based evangelical Christian missionaries who whip up anti-gay fervor in Africa. Uganda’s parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. The ties that God Loves Uganda shows between religious extremists in the USA and the virulent homophobia in Uganda is eery and disturbing.  Director Roger Ross Williams visited Out in the Bay to discuss his filmmaking journeys to Africa and Missouri to make this documentary, and played film clips too. <--break-> (Broadcast live  Oct. 31, 2013 – Eric Jansen hosts.)

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God Loves Uganda premiered at Sundance this year and has played at several other film festivals. It plays starting Nov. 1  in San Francisco’s  Roxie Theater and at The Elmwood in Berkeley. Roger Ross Williams is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film – his 2010 short documentary Music by Prudence. He’s won numerous other awards for cable and television non-fiction programming.

Queer & homeless — not mostly ‘youth’

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Nearly 30% of San Francisco’s homeless children and adults are LGBT. That’s about double the homeless percentage of the city’s general population, according to the city’s latest survey. San Francisco holds its first-ever LGBTQ Connect, a targeted version of its Project Homeless Connect events that help low-income people find housing and a wide range of services, Monday Oct. 7.  Eric Jansen’s guests on Out in the Bay this week are Project Homeless Connect director of programs Emily Cohen and AIDS Housing Alliance/SF director Brian Basinger, who hatched the idea for LGBTQ Connect. Tune in to learn about the services offered Monday at LGBTQ Connect and for a discussion about what “homeless” means in today’s economy, why LGBT people have a particularly hard time in homeless shelters and a hard time getting services, how evictions are disproportionately affecting LGBT people, and how San Francisco and other cities are addressing these challenges.  (Live interview broadcast Oct. 3, 2013)

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LGBTQ Connect will be held Monday, Oct. 7, from 10am to 3pm at the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St. It is open to all who would like information and referrals to housing, health, legal, employment and other services. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. More info at www.ProjectHomelessConnect.com

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