Ptown – the gayest little city in the world

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How did Provincetown, MA, get to be “gay, gay, GAY,” as the Provincetown Business Guild puts it? Let the locals tell you – the lounge pianist who’s been there 50 years, The Fabulous Dyketones founder, the activist-artist who made a dress out of tampon applicators, and the town clerk who married 200+ couples in one day. They and others talk of Portuguese sailors, fine art, sand-filled cars, mass same-sex weddings, the dunes, the “dick dock,” San Francisco connections and more on this documentary-style romp with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen through what is likely the gayest little city in the world – at least per capita! Edited by Nora Elmeligy. (Last aired April 16, 2015)
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PTown people, places and links:  For more PTown info, check out the Provincetown Business Guild (LGBT tourism promoters) or the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.

I enjoyed my stays at the Prince Albert Guest House — one of Ptown’s many small, charming historic inns — and at The Crown & Anchor, a lodging, dining and entertainment complex with six gay bars including Ptown’s largest nightclub and the piano lounge where Bobby Wetherbee holds court. Big thanks to hoteliers Bob Sanborn of Prince Albert Guest House and Rick Murray of The Crown & Anchor for your hospitality!

Also enjoyed waterfront cocktails at Cass Benson‘s Harbor Lounge (love her slogan: “Drink in the View”), a cozy place with its own pier that’s not a huge “scene.” It’s very close to Bakker Antiques, where you’ll often find art historian Jim Bakker and will surely see many fine pieces of art and antiques. Be sure to stop in and say hello to handsome and helpful Char Priolo at the Chamber of Commerce’s info office at the foot of the pier, and encourage her to get The Fabulous Dyketones together for a reunion tour!  (You can hear The Fabulous Dyketones and other queer music-makers, past and present, online at Queer Music Heritage) If you’re a swimmer, paddler, or supporter of either, considering Jay Critchley‘s annual HIV services and women’s health fundraiser, the Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, held every September since 1988. Finally, if you’ve an urge to merge in Ptown, plenty of info on marrying there is on the Provincetown Town Hall’s website. Doug Johnstone has been Town Clerk since 2003.

(This documentary first aired Sept. 19, 2013 and was first rebroadcast Feb. 20, 2014.)

 

 

‘I … do? Um, let me think about it …’

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Experts help couples weigh the pros and cons of getting married by year-end. Just because it’s now legal for same-sex couples to marry in California and many other states, and the federal government must recognize those marriages, should you? There are financial advantages for some to get hitched by Dec. 31, but disadvantages for others, and there are many other potential risks and benefits. Eric Jansen’s guests are tax lawyer Chuck Teixeira and family law attorney Emily Doskow, who advises all couples to have pre-nuptial agreements. 7pm Thursday, Dec. 19, www.kalw.org +91.7 FM  SF Bay Area. (first aired Nov. 14)

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For more info, visit Emily Doskow’s website or Chuck Teixeira’s firm’s website, or e-mail Chuck Teixeira: Chuck@geLawGroup.com

Marital Status: Itch to Hitch? Ask Experts

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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)
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Supreme marriage arguments call-in

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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.)

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