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Trevor Hailey & Gilbert Baker

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The giant rainbow flag in San Francisco's Castro.

We are quite literally out in the bay for this episode, walking through San Francisco’s historic gay neighborhood, The Castro. Along the way we’ll take a trip down memory lane to the very first episode of Out In The Bay and meet tour guide Trevor Hailey.

Hailey, who passed away in 2007, knew the streets of The Castro better than anyone and started the Cruisin’ The Castro walking tour in the late 1980s. Hailey takes Eric Jansen from the home of The Castro’s most famous resident, Harvey Milk, to the wall-to-wall windows of Twin Peaks Tavern.

Across the street from Twin Peaks, in Harvey Milk Plaza, flies the rainbow flag. A beacon welcoming you to the neighborhood. Though the official pride flag has evolved over the years, the original six color rainbow flag still stands. Some want this flag updated to the more modern version as well, and there are others who want this flag to stay right where it is. That debate continues.

The original rainbow flag here in the Castro was created by Gilbert Baker. Marilyn Pittman talked to Gilbert in 2009 and we’ll revisit their conversation this week on Out In The Bay.

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The Executive Producer of Out In The Bay is Eric Jansen. This edition of Out in the Bay produced, hosted and engineered by Christopher Beale.

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Christopher J. Beale is an independent radio host, producer, and journalist living in San Francisco.
Eric Jansen is a long-time broadcaster and print journalist. A former news anchor, producer and reporter at KQED FM, San Francisco; KLIV AM, San Jose; and Minnesota Public Radio, Eric's award-winning reports have been heard on many NPR programs and PRI's Marketplace. His print work has been in The Mercury News, The Business Journal, and LGBTQ magazines Genre and The Advocate, among other publications. He co-produced the June 2007 PBS documentary Why We Sing!, about LGBTQ choruses and their role in the civil rights fight.