Dwayne Ratleff grew up Black, poor and gay in 1960s Baltimore. As a youngster, his loving grandma taught him: “Don’t explain yourself, be yourself.” Long-time San Franciscan Ratleff has written an impressive, insightful, award-winning novel –...

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Escape with us to a simpler place and time. Before monkeypox, before COVID, before traveling got so fraught. To a town its promoters claimed then was gayer than San Francisco – and where September is...

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“I grew up in a very blue collar, working class, homophobic, and racist environment,” he recalled. Through literature, performance, and eventually writing and performing his own intentionally queer works, Rolston found his sexuality and his voice.

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Here’s the longer version of our talk with fascinating transgender musician Nick Lawrence — more intense and with more music than we could fit into our half-hour radio show. Don’t miss “Dong Sewn On,” the...

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Meet artist, designer, photographer and actor Fayette Hauser, a female co-founder of The Cockettes, the 1969-‘72 experimental San Francisco theatre troupe known for eye-popping costumes, glittery beards and sexy musicals some called anarchic. Her beautiful...

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