How has the growing acceptance and visibility of LGBT people affected how straight Americans view sexuality and gender – including their own? How has it changed the way all of us think about sexuality and gender? Eric Jansen’s guest this week is Sonoma State University sociology professor James Joseph Dean, author of Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture. He argues that – among other things – the “presumption of heterosexuality has vanished.” In other words, even straight people can’t expect that others will assume they’re straight, and that affects how they present themselves in the world. Dean’s book examines the changing nature of masculinity, femininity and sexual expression in America, and the emergence of what he calls “a new kind of heterosexuality.” (Live interview aired 7pm Thursday, July 30, 2015)
What does it take to bounce beyond trauma? David Feldman, co-author of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success, talks with host Eric Jansen about post-traumatic growth. It’s a topic Feldman finds particularly relevant to LGBT people, as “so many of us have faced significant loss, trauma, and other adversity during our lives, yet often find ways to thrive and build community.” We’ll also hear powerful music from young lesbian pop sensation Mary Lambert, a singer-songwriter whose lyrics often deal with trauma. Hers include being raised in a strict Pentecostal household, being molested repeatedly by her father, abusing drugs before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and surviving a gang rape at 17. Hour-long broadcast starts 7pm Thursday, Sept. 11 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF Bay Area.
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Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman. He killed himself after his roommate recorded webcam videos of Tyler’s lustful encounters with another man, then invited other students to view them. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus premieres “Tyler’s Suite,” composed in Tyler’s honor and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, in Davies Symphony Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 – 26. It’s part of the chorus’ concert LUSTER: An American Songbook. On this week’s Out in the Bay, hear Callaway’s new song and Tyler’s mother Jane Clementi and SFGMC artistic director Timothy Seelig discuss cyber-bullying, other life and death issues, and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Eric Jansen hosts. Live interview airs 7pm PDT Thursday 3/20 on kalw.org + 91.7FM Bay Area; listen after broadcast at link below.
Queer Questions, Straight Talk: Just in time for those family holiday gatherings, civil rights attorney Abby Dees says go ahead, ask your gay relative or friend the questions burning inside you. Like “Which one of you is the man?” If you’re queer, she says grin and bear it, encourage your loved ones to ask those awkward questions. She believes that if asking out of love, there are no stupid questions, they’re all opportunities to broaden understanding. So she’s written Queer Questions, Straight Talk: 108 frank & provocative questions it’s okay to ask your lesbian, gay or bisexual loved one. Hear all about it with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen. (first aired Thanksgiving night, now hear it anytime (applicable to all holidays!)
New York pianist, activist and “modern music evangelist” Adam Tendler’s composition “Hate Speech,” for piano + audience cellphones, has its West Coast premiere Saturday. It’s a protest piece dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, with whispered words culled from a Tea Party politician’s Facebook page. Adam Tendler performs “Hate Speech” and other pieces Saturday night (Oct. 19) in Modern Piano Lineages, a concert at San Francisco’s Center for New Music with KALW Revolutions Per Minute host and acclaimed pianist Sarah Cahill.
Hear some of “Hate Speech” and Adam’s other music, and Adam talking with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen about creating “Hate Speech,” other modern music, and coming out during his “America 88×50” piano recital tour of every state in the U.S. And, in an Out in the Bay exclusive, Adam played live in our studio on a cheap Casio electronic keyboard to demonstrate the intricacies of a rarely-performed Philip Glass composition,”Two Pages,” that he’ll play Saturday.
Big thanks to Virgin America for changing Adam’s flight to SFO without extra fees so that he could be here for Thursday’s interview.
Eli Conley sings of love, prisons, coal mining, religion, homophobia and leaving Virginia on his new CD At The Seams, an album he calls “modern-day folk songs for misfits.” He also describes his music as “country-tinged folk with a queer bite.” Hear Eli’s music and hear him tell us about his life, his songwriting and how he helps other transgender singers find their voices. (Interview broadcast live Sept. 12, 2013)