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Out in the Bay

10 pm Tuesdays
  • Hosted by Eric Jansen, Produced and hosted by Eric Jansen, Truc Nguyen and Kendra Klang

Out in the Bay - Queer Radio from San Francisco    

Queer histories, herstories, personalities and issues are explored with humor, insight, and sensitivity each week on Out in the Bay, airing Tuesdays at 10 pm on KALW.  We've been called “the gay Fresh Air” and even "the gay Tavis Smiley." We’ve interviewed such celebrities as film directors Ang Lee and John Waters, comedians Margaret Cho and Marga Gomez, singers Leslie Gore and Michael Feinstein,  actors, authors and more.  We’ve also featured historians, scholars, and activists -- including Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin -- with compelling stories about the reality of LGBT life. 

Out in the Bay's producers are thrilled to be back on KALW, 10pm Tuesdays, after a 4-year hiatus. You can hear episodes from June 2020 to today -- and historical pieces from 2015 and earlier -- on Out in the Bay's website.

Manny's on a Mission to Revive Civil Discourse

Jan 19, 2021
David Perry & Associates


Can we have civil civic discourse in these fractious times? Manny Yekutiel, activist and owner of the cafe, bookstore and civic events space Manny’s, passionately believes so and tells us why, 10 pm tonight (Tuesday) on Out in the Bay.

Manny opened his “people-powered and community-focused meeting and learning place” in San Francisco’s Mission District on Election Night 2018 to encourage civic engagement. He’s since hosted hundreds of events — initially in person, now virtually — on topics ranging from politics to climate change, criminal justice reform and LGBTQ rights.

Katie Gilmartin

Blackmail, My Love is a noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 - "The Dark Ages of Queerdom," as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it - when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up patrons and demanded "protection" money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of public exposure they were easy blackmail targets.  The book is illustrated with 21 of Gilmartin's original prints, including "Miss Double Strand" here.

10pm Tuesday on KALW, historian, printmaker, Queer Ancestors Project founder and novelist Katie Gilmartin reads from her book and talks about mid-last century San Francisco queer life.

2020 in the Queer-View Mirror

Jan 5, 2021
Pete Buttigieg, by Gage Skidmore, used under CC license, resized

Happy New Year? We all hope 2021 will be kinder to us than 2020 … but only time will tell. So this week: 2020 in the queer-view mirror and a look ahead with national politics and legal reporter Lisa Keen.

2020 brought hardships on many fronts. Yet for LGBTQ people in the US, 2020 brought significant progress on some fronts, while bringing setbacks on others. Ms. Keen breaks down the top 2020 developments and assesses potential gains and losses for queer folk in 2021, including insights on Georgia's US Senate run-offs.

Searching for Intimacy During COVID

Jan 3, 2021
Truc Nguyen

In the Bay and across the country, we’re nearly 10 months into COVID restrictions. Some of us are skin-starved, many love-starved. No hugs, no spooning, no sex. No friends, no family. It’s a lot to deal with.

But many of us felt lonesome even before the pandemic pushed us further into isolation. Getting what we truly need is always a challenge, so how are we coping now? To find out, Out in the Bay producer Truc Nguyen got intimate with Bay Area residents. {NOTE: this episode contains some frank and graphic language.}

Hear Oakland Rapper Mahawam

Dec 23, 2020
Courtesy of Mahawan/ Malik Mays

The music of Malik Mays, who performs as Mahawam, is “about resilience, it's about power, it's about beauty, it's about sex,” they told Out in the Bay.

Mays grew up between Arizona and Texas with a single mother.  In their early twenties they settled in Oakland, where they’ve lived since 2013. Like many in the Bay, Mays shares living space with six other people, including their partner. 

There’s a chicken coop in the backyard and a garden where Mays grows mugwort. “I got it because I wanted to try to be a psychonaut and kick up my dreamspace,” they said.

‘Real Life’ From a Queer Black Perspective

Dec 20, 2020
Bill Adams

Brandon Taylor’s highly praised debut novel, Real Life, gets deep into desire, intimacy, sex, abuse, homophobia, racism, misogyny, love, hate and the blurred lines between friends and lovers. Oh, and let’s not forget cut-throat scientific academia.


Patricia Silva

Pamela Sneed’s prose and poetry can reach out and grab you. They did me. She reads four poems from her new memoir, Funeral Diva, on this week’s Out in the Bay and shares some of her life story.

photo by Melanie Hofmann

Photojournalist Kristin Lyseggen profiles nine current and former inmates in her new book "The Women of San Quentin: Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons."Surrounded by convicted murderers and rapists, she writes, they are often forced to fight for their lives on their way to womanhood inside some of the world’s most dangerous prisons for men. She and Daniella Tavake, one of those profiled in the book, share intimate parts of their stories with host Eric Jansen on this week's Out in the Bay.

Queer Youth Still Threatened, Even in Bay Area

Dec 10, 2015

With recent gay rights gains, why is it still difficult for young people to be lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or “queer,” even in the San Francisco Bay Area? The Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBT counseling and community center in Berkeley, reports that many queer youth feel unsafe at school every day.

Blackmail, My Love, is a noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 - "The Dark Ages of Queerdom," as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it - when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up their patrons, and demanded "protection" money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of exposure they were easy blackmail targets. 

Lesbians and their friends take over the stage at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley Friday, Nov. 13, in a concert benefiting Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has defended the rights of LGBT people in many recent legal cases and political battles.

Shakespeare + Shocktoberfest ~ Gore & War

Nov 5, 2015
davidallenstudio.com

Halloween not enough? The gory, century-old Grand Guignol theatre style is recreated in Thrillpeddlers' Shocktoberfest 16: Curse of the Cobra, playing through Nov. 21 at the Hypnodrome in San Francisco.  And Theatre Rhinoceros, the nation's longest-running LGBT theater company, presents Shakespeare Goes to War at The Thick House.

Out In The Bay: Counter-Culture Diva

Oct 22, 2015

Dedicated to capturing the oral history of queer San Francisco, Out In The Bay host Marilyn Pittman  interviews one of the legendary figures of the 60's, 70's, and 80's: former Cockettes member, Dolores Deluce. Her memoir, "My Life, A Four-Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter-Culture Diva," made Amazon's Top 20 and is an intimate, honest look back at life in the city during its radical heyday. Friends with Divine, Sylvester; lover to many gay men, witness to the devastation of AIDS, Dolores is a survivor with stories to tell. Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7pm Pacific. 

Drag Kings & Queens Bend Space in 'Star Trek Live'

Oct 15, 2015
Gareth Gooch

  

Out in the Bay ventures into outer space 7pm Thursday with cast members of Star Trek Live, a comedic gender-bending homage to the hit '60s TV show, now on stage at Oasis Night Club in San Francisco.

The Best of Out In The Bay: Chana Wilson

Oct 6, 2015

Chana

Wilson grew up in the 1950s with a suicidal mother. She learned in adulthood that her mother had been a closeted lesbian given psychiatric treatments - including electroshock - to “cure” her. Mother and daughter developed a deep bond when both came out as lesbians in the women’s and gay liberation movements of the late 1960s and ’70s. There's much more to this touching, fascinating story in "Riding Fury Home," Chana’s memoir. Marilyn Pittman hosts.  Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Strolling through history on LGBT walk of fame

Oct 1, 2015

As preparations for Sunday's Castro Street Fair wind up, 20 bronze sidewalk plaques are in place to guide pedestrians on a stroll through queer history. The Rainbow Honor Walk is a growing monument along the streets of San Francisco honoring LGBT pioneers. Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry is Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday. We 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 broadcast Oct. 2, 2014)

10 Years of Out In The Bay!

Sep 18, 2015

We're still celebrating our 10th year on the air at KALW.  Tune in to our Anniversary Show recorded live on April 29th, 2015,  at The Oasis Cabaret and Nightclub in San Francisco's SoMa district.   Eric Jansen and I sat had a blast sharing our best clips. Hear from Ang Lee, John Waters, Judy Shepherd, Lesley Gore, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, Keith Boykin, Josh Gamson, and Anne Kronenburg. Thursday, September 24th, at 7pm at kalw.org and 91.7fm San Francisco.

A Simple (Feminist) Revolution: Judy Grahn

Sep 17, 2015

  

Judy Grahn's "Common Woman" poems in the '60s and '70s inspired a generation of lesbian feminists. Her 2012 book, "A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet," is part history, part memoir and a brilliant read.

"The Right Side of History" for LGBT Equality

Sep 10, 2015

Contrary to popular mythology, the LGBT civil rights movement did not begin with the June 1969 Stonewall Rebellion at New York's Stonewall Inn. Eric Jansen's guests this week on Out in the Bay (7pm PDT Thursday) are Max Wolf Valerio, essay contributor to, and Adrian Brooks, editor and multiple essayist of the new anthology The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism.

Making a Modern Family: Josh Gamson

Sep 3, 2015

Making a baby isn't easy if you're two gay men. But that's what author Joshua Gamson and his husband, Richard, set out to do. Twice. Those stories and four others are what makes up his new book, "Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship." Marilyn explores with him the complexities, physically, legally, and politically, of what these parents went through and why. Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 7pm Pacific at kalw.org, 91.7fm in San Francisco. 

Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  On this week's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday), Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need. (Broadcast 7pm PDT Thursday 8/27/15 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF.)

The Art & Queerness of Burning Man

Aug 20, 2015

Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert every August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What's queer about it? On Thursday's Out in the Bay (7pm PDT 8/20) Eric Jansen's guests are Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal, writer and photographer, respectively, of the book Burning Man: Art on Fire; and Foxy, past mayor of Camp Beaverton, the main lesbian camp in Burning Man's "gayborhood." (This interview first broadcast Aug. 14, 2014)

Meet California State Senator Mark Leno

Aug 13, 2015

  

Conversion Therapy Persists

Aug 6, 2015

The June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage changed consciousness. But right wing zealots keep practicing 'conversion therapy' on minors, trying to make them not be LGBT.  Marilyn Pittman takes a look at this unethical and dangerous practice with activists Joe Rodriguez and Jim Walker. Just when you thought gay rights was over! Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 7pm, the award-winning show, "Out In The Bay." 

Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture

Jul 30, 2015

  

How has the growing acceptance and visibility of LGBT people affected how straight Americans view sexuality and gender – including their own?  How has it changed the way all of us think about sexuality and gender?  This week's guest is Sonoma State University sociology professor James Joseph Dean, the author of Straights:  Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture. 

Harvey Milk: in his own words

Jul 23, 2015

Just as the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality decision changed consciousness, so did Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected politician in America.  

Gilbert Baker: The Rainbow Flag

Jul 14, 2015

Find out how the rainbow came to be a worldwide symbol of the gay rights movement. Why was it so hard to find pink flag fabric? What do the colors stand for? Marilyn interviews Gilbert Baker, the creator of the Rainbow Flag which was created for San Francisco's 1978 Pride Parade when Harvey Milk was leading the way. 7pm Thursday July 16th, 2015 at kalw.org, 91.7fm San Francisco. 

"Baloney" Gay Revue Teases, Titillates, Provokes

Jul 9, 2015
Gareth Gooch

Its creators call Baloney “San Francisco’s First Gay All-Male Revue,” but this weekend in SF, women join the cast.  Choreographer Rory Davis and writer and director Michael Phillis play clips and tell the tale of this sexy, humorous, thought-provoking show on this week's Out in the Bay (7pm PDT Thursday). Baloney plays this Thursday - Saturday at Oasis in San Francisco. You'll also hear a clip from Phillis’ short film “Mini Supreme” about a 32-year-old man who enters a beauty pageant for little girls, and about the glue that holds these artists together and how they keep their creative dreams alive in the challenging city San Francisco has become.

During a long, debilitating illness doctors failed to diagnose, author Gabrielle Glancy had enough energy to save Facebook screenshots, but not enough to write.  The award-winning poet and nationally known college admissions expert later wove them into a book about her ordeal. I'm Already Disturbed Please Come In: Parasites, Social Media & Other Planetary Disturbances (A Memoir, of Sorts) critiques  Western medicine and social media, and examines love in sickness and in health.  Gabrielle Glancy is Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, July 2.* Hear her read from her book and talk about the issues it raises.

An Archive Of Hope: Harvey Milk's Own Words

Jun 29, 2015

To commemorate Independence Day and the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality, Out in the Bay is honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. of the gay rights movement, Harvey Milk.

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