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The Freezer Door mourns 'the dream of queer'

12 hours ago
Jesse Mann

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's new book, The Freezer Door, mourns losing "the dream of queer" -- a “world without borders and hierarchies”-- that she says consumerism, technology and gentrification are destroying.  

She reads passages from The Freezer Door and dissects topics therein on tonight's (10pm Tuesday) Out in the Bay. She laughs, too; introduces us briefly to the ice cube, the ice cube tray and other characters; even snipes at the literati: “It’s hard to imagine anything more damaging to literature than literature.”

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.}

‘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.

Out Walking The Streets of San Francisco

May 20, 2015

  

10 years of Out in the Bay: Remembering Lesley Gore

Mar 2, 2015

  

Marilyn Pittman's and Eric Jansen's 2007 interview with the late singer Lesley Gore. Discovered by Quincy Jones, Gore's iconic, "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To" and "You Don't Own Me," became classic hits. Hear about how she came out and who helped her do it, and how she brought new life to her old hits decades later.  (Broadcast February 19, 2015)

Marilyn Pittman's sound portrait of the late great disco diva Sylvester. Josh Gamson talks with Marilyn and reads from his biography, "The Fabulous Sylvester." We hear from fans at the book party launch in 2005 at the The Center and live concert footage with Sylvester and The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes. (Broadcast February 26, 2015)

Funny Tuesdays in the Castro!

Nov 6, 2014

  

Marilyn Pittman talks with comedian and producer Ronn Vigh about the state of gay comedy and his weekly show, “Funny Tuesdays,” at Harvey’s in the Castro. Are social media and political correctness stifling the kind of material comics can do?  Are the gays just too damn sensitive? Hear from Ronn on his 9 years producing the show and what he’s seen and heard. Plus he has MUNI jokes! Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 7pm Pacific.

Tranny: Now The T-Word

Jun 4, 2014
Nick Ice

  

Did you know you're not supposed to say 'tranny' any more when referring to transexuals or transvestites?  Bowing to pressure from transexual activists, the internationally known drag event, 

  "Trannyshack," has had to change its name to "T-Shack."  San Francisco promoter Heklina talks with host and producer Marilyn Pittman about why and what it means for her brand, her club, and her politics. Thursday at 7pm Pacific Time, kalw.org and 91.7fm, San Francisco. 

Remember the 1960s comic character Richie Rich, The Poor Little Rich Boy, who had no friends because he lived in an isolated compound? Well, little Jimmy Hormel, heir to the SPAM fortune, had that problem and more in real life. Born in Austin, Minnesota, in 1933, he was also gay in a place and time long before being gay was in the public consciousness.

Golden States of Grace

Oct 6, 2011

Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than 3 years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 California faith communities outside the religious mainstream -- including transgender hookers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, felons who practice Zen meditation inside San Quentin, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood. The result is a touching multi-media traveling exhibit and book, Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited.

Caring for Queer Elders

Sep 22, 2011

Are lesbian, gay and transgender seniors getting proper and respectful care in nursing homes, day-care centers and in their own homes? In Alameda County, the news from a ground-breaking state-funded study is mostly good, but it shows room for improvement. Dan Ashbrook of the non-profit group Lavender Seniors just finished conducting a series of care-giver trainings also funded by the government grant.