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)
Marilyn Pittman’s sound portrait of the late great disco diva Sylvester. Josh Gamson talks with Marilyn and reads from his biography, “The Fabulous Sylvester.” We hear from the fans at the book party launch in 2005 at the The Center. Live concert footage with Sylvester and The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes. (broadcast Feb. 26, 2015)LISTEN
Martha Wash (of “It’s Raining Men” fame) shared a sneak preview from her new album, due out in January, with Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen and Mike Smith of the AIDS Emergency Fund. First Bay Area radio airplay, not yet on any other station! You’ll also hear some early hits — from way back to her days with the late, great disco diva Sylvester — and Martha’s and Mike’s stories about Sylvester and the decades-long battle against AIDS as the AIDS Emergency Fund celebrates and commemorates 30 years of fighting AIDS.