How do we cope with the death of a spouse or lover? Is it different if you’re gay? Bereavement experts say many minorities suffer “disenfranchised grief” – grief not fully recognized by society. On this week’s Out in the Bay, Eric Jansen and grief counselors Susan Casslan and Reagan Humber discuss these and other aspects of grief and loss. (Originally broadcast March 27, 2014. Rebroadcast 7pm, January 1, 2015)
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Guests: Reagan Humber is bereavement coordinator for Gentiva Hospice of the East Bay and an Episcopal chaplain; Susan Casslan is a former psychiatric nurse who chairs the Grief and Consolation Ministry at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco and wrote a book about death and dying: Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a San Francisco Renegade Priest,* published in 2012.
Grief support groups: In San Francisco, Most Holy Redeemer hosts free, LGBT-friendly grief support drop-in groups on the third Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm in the parish library, 100 Diamond St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the East Bay, Gentiva Hospice currently offers free grief support groups at Alameda Hospital, Alameda (last Wednesday of every month) and at Emeritus at Creekside Lodge, San Pablo (second Tuesday of every month). Both groups are from 4:00- 5:30 PM. For more information contact Reagan.email@example.com or call 925-737-0203.
*(Richard Purcell was an openly gay Franciscan priest who ran a homeless shelter for men with AIDS in San Francisco’s Mission District for 20 years. As Richard became ill and died from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), he was cared for by some of the same gay men whom he had helped earlier. )
Troy Williams is known as “the gay mayor” of Salt Lake City. He is an award-winning broadcaster, host of KRCL’s “Radioactive” there. He has been at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality in a red state dominated by the Mormon church. He has news from that front, plus excerpts of his interview with feminist Kate Kelly, who made headlines June 23rd when she was ex-communicated by the Mormon church. (Broadcast Thursday, July 17, 2014)
Caught a queer itch to hitch? On this hour-long Out in the Bay, get expert advice, analysis and reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in the Prop. 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases. What are the next political steps, and how will the rulings affect our lives on a practical basis? Join host Eric Jansen and his legal and financial experts to get your questions answered. Should you, or should you not tie the knot? Even with the Supreme Court’s historic rulings, how are same-sex couples still legally different from hetero couples? Arm yourself with knowledge on this week’s Out in the Bay.
Our expert guests include Marriage Equality USA legal director John Lewis and media director Stuart Gaffney; activist, estate and trust lawyer Deb Kinney; certified financial planner Dennis Nix; and API Equality – Northern California executive director Monna Wong. (Broadcast live Thursday, June 27, 2013)
Legal experts answered listeners’ live on-air questions on the marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, just back from witnessing the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 Supreme Court arguments in person, filled us in on the proceedings with her astute insights and first-hand perspective. Internationally- known same-sex relationship lawyer Fred Hertz gave practical advice on what the potential rulings could mean for couples. Hear two articulate experts and an eyewitness account of these historic U.S. Supreme Court proceedings. Eric Jansen hosts. (Broadcast Thursday, March 28.)