Queer Youth Still Threatened, Even in Bay Area

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With recent gay rights gains, why is it still difficult for young people to be lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or “queer,” even in the San Francisco Bay Area? The Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBT counseling and community center in Berkeley, reports that many queer youth feel unsafe at school every day.

Eric Jansen’s guests on Out in the Bay are from LOUD (Loving Ourselves & Uniting Diversity) the Pacific Center’s after-school youth program. What’s it like to be a gay, trans, or “questioning” adolescent — trying to figure yourself out today? Has growing mainstream acceptance helped? Legalization of same-sex marriage? Why or why not? Davi and Jesse of LOUD’s Safer Schools speaker’s bureau share their stories, and we also hear from Jared Fields, the Pacific Center’s youth programs manager. (Broadcast Dec. 10, 2015)

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For more than 20 years, LOUD has provided a social space for young folks to meet each other, participate in discussions and other activities, and receive counseling if they want it. LOUD’s two key funders cut their support recently at about the same time, and the Pacific Center is seeking donations by December 31 to keep LOUD’s full range of services intact in 2016.

Give what you can and learn more about the Pacific Center’s discussion groups and other services for teens and adults at the Pacific Center’s website, PacificCenter.org. The Pacific Center has been serving the East Bay LGBT community since 1978.

Rainbow Honor Walk Teaches Queer History

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Twenty bronze sidewalk plaques guide pedestrians on a stroll through queer history in San Francisco’s Castro district. The Rainbow Honor Walk, a growing monument along the streets of San Francisco honoring LGBT pioneers, debuted one year ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Out in the Bay re-airs Eric Jansen’s interview with Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry at 7pm Thursday.  Or listen right now at the link below. You’ll also hear Steven Short’s feature on “The Queer Past Becomes Present,” an ongoing exhibit at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, also in the Castro.  (First aired October 2, 2014; rebroadcast 7pm PDT Oct. 1, 2015, on 91.7fm SF/ kalw.org)
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22nd Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

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“What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?”  Comic Lisa Geduldig says it’s an age-old question she answered 21 years ago with her now annual show Kung Pao Kosher Comedy — Jewish comedians telling jokes in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas, Christmas Eve, and this year, Boxing Day, too. Two shows nightly this year feature NPR program host Ophira Eisenberg,14-year-old Simon Cadel (Kung Pao’s youngest comic ever), Canadian favorite Jeremy Hotz, and Lisa Geduldig, who also serves as Master of Ceremonies.  Hear a taste of all four comedians on this week’s Out in the Bay, and about Kung Pao Kosher Comedy‘s history and a little bit of San Francisco’s queer history from producer Geduldig. Broadcast 7pm Thursday, Dec. 18, on 91.7 fm / KALW.org  – Eric Jansen hosts.

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This year’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy takes place Dec. 24 – 26 in the New Asia Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 722 Pacific Ave. Tickets and other info at KosherComedy.com

Supersurvivors – Growing from Adversity

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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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Lambert performs in San Francisco’s Nourse Auditorium Saturday, Sept. 27.

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

“The End of San Francisco” — Mattilda

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, the provocative, agitated, angry, queer anti-assimilationist writer, is back! With her latest … manifesto? Or memoir? (even though she’s just 40!) In The End of San Francisco, Mattilda deals with family, incest, gay sex work, the digital ruination of our City by the Bay, political correctness and its stifling effect on activism and even on simple conversation, and much more. Join Mattilda and host Eric Jansen for, in Mattilda’s words, another “delicious” discussion about life, struggles, triumphs — ours and the cities we live in.  7pm Pacific Time Thursday, August 29, online at www.kalw.org; over the airwaves at 91.7 FM Bay Area.

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(Interview conducted live on the air and first broadcast April 24, 2013)

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