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A Grindr love story + Remembering Liberace

Liberace on stage in 1983.
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Liberace on stage in 1983.

Liberace was one of the most successful, popular (and gayest) entertainers of the 20th century. Although he wasn't “out” — the concept barely existed in his lifetime — he is remembered as a queer icon.

Liberace broke attendance records at places like Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden from the 1950s through the mid-1980s with an act that could only be described as flamboyant and fun.

After decades in the spotlight Liberace died of complications from AIDS in 1987. Remembered for his mastery of the piano as much as his sense of style, Eric Jansen takes us into Liberace’s closet as we remember the late performer.

Plus — the true story of a couple that met on Grindr. After a few weeks of dating, a devastating apartment fire forced Mike and Goran to move in together. How is it going?

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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.