Meth, AIDS, and The Gay Guys

Gay Men and Meth Out in the Bay

In the early part of the last decade, methamphetamine use in the Castro in San Francisco was called “the second epidemic” because gay men were having unprotected sex while high. But new research from The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes or JAIDS, shows meth use by San Francisco gay men has declined considerably. Why? Was it the public service campaign? Or a generational shift? And is it really declining or are people reluctant to tell the truth due to a stigma now? Marilyn Pittman talks with the lead author of the JAIDS study, Henry Raymond, of the SF Dept. of Public Health, and Matthew Bajko of the Bay Area Reporter. Airs 7pm Pacific Thursday March 7th.

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The Immigration Front

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Will President Obama include us as he fights for immigration reform? Every day, bi-national LGBT couples are fighting for their lives instead of being free to live them, subject to antiquated immigration laws. Marilyn talks again with the author of “Torn Apart,” Judy Rickard, and immigration attorney Lavi Soloway, about the latest from this front on the battle for LGBT civil rights.

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Queer mental health: Get some help!

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Can you say “internalized homophobia”? Mental health experts say LGBT people are more prone to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide than the general population. Hear more on these challenges and solutions from Nancy Heilner and Kip Williams of Queer Life Space, a non-profit counseling center in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, and The Trevor Lifeline, a 24/7 national crisis and suicide prevention hotline.  (Aired live Thursday, 1/10/13)

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Homo-fear in Africa

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A detailed debrief from journalist Edwin Okong’o about the fragile state of LGBT civil rights in Uganda and other African countries. The human rights spotlight has been focused on this region since 2009, when legislation was introduced in Uganda to punish homosexuality by death. As a Kenyan-American journalist and co-host of KALW’s “Africa Mix” music program, Okong’o also has a bead on the issue within the Bay Area African communities. He is also a UC Berkeley educator and a stand-up comedian and satirist with a blog on HuffPo.com. Marilyn Pittman hosts. (Aired live Thursday, 1/3/13)

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