An early COVID-19 story + Remembering Sylvester
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, life is sort of bouncing back and forth between normalcy, and stints of masked caution. We have vaccines now, the word endemic is being floated around, and things are slowly looking up.
In April of 2020 — right at the beginning of the stay-at-home orders — things were different. The news was filled with data and fear, and — in those earliest days — the coverage of folks who had actually contracted COVID-19 was often second hand. So, when a longtime friend tested positive, host Christopher Beale got in touch. This week we will present Armando’s story called “Activity Found.”
Also, we re-visit Marilyn Pittman’s 2005 portrait of the late, great San Francisco queer icon Sylvester. As you’ll learn, a lot of the mainstream drag we see today was inspired by her. In this piece Marilyn chats with Josh Gamson, who wrote the biography, “The Fabulous Sylvester.”
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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.