Out in the Bay

Thursdays 7pm
  • Hosted by produced and hosted by Eric Jansen & Marilyn Pittman

Out in the Bay - Gay Radio from San Francisco    

Queer histories, herstories, personalities and issues are explored with humor, insight, and sensitivity each week on Out in the Bay.  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. 

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Gay Russia: An Oxymoron?

Feb 6, 2014
AnimalNewYork.com

Journalist and Russophile David Tuller joins Marilyn Pittman to talk about all things anti-gay in Russia on the eve of the Sochi Olympics. His book, "Cracks In The Iron Closet," detailed gay life in Russia in the early 90's where he made a new gay family. He has trained journalists throughout the former Soviet Union. Currently, he is the academic coordinator for the master's program in public health and journalism at UC Berkeley. Thursday, February 6th, 7pm Pacific. 

  

Angered by evictions, Google buses, NSA spying and "climate change"? Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday on KALW, is Krissy Keefer, artistic director of San Francisco's all-women performance troupe Dance Brigade. The company's current production, Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, uses the Mission District and its eviction epidemic as a backdrop to explore local, regional and world crises – global warming, war, genocide, attacks on women and on San Francisco’s cultural core. Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, plays at Dance Mission Theater through February 8.

Marilyn Pitman hosts comics Casey Ley, Marga Gomez, and Karinda Dobbins who talk about their upcoming shows, and a chat with Salt Lake City activist Troy Williams on last week's historic gay marriage rulings in Utah.

New Year's Comedy By The Bay and Hilarity in Utah!

Dec 26, 2013

The last show of 2013 has host Marilyn Pittman talking about New Year's Eve shows with local out comics. Live in the studio: comedian Casey Ley (pictured), plus comics Karinda Dobbins, and Marga Gomez by phone.  Plus a special call-in from Salt Lake City's leading gay rights activist, Troy Williams, on the gay marriage rulings of the last week. History, hilarity and more from the 'gay Terry Gross!'

"I ... do? Wait, let me think about it."

Dec 16, 2013

Experts help homo and hetero couples weigh the pros and cons of getting married by year-end. Just because it's now legal for same-sex couples to marry in California and many other states, and the federal government must recognize those marriages, should you? There are financial advantages for some to get hitched by Dec. 31, but disadvantages for others, and there are many other potential risks and benefits.

Holiday Music and Comedy Galore!

Dec 10, 2013

  

What would the holidays be without a little Judy? Connie Champagne talks with host Marilyn Pittman about her Judy Garland show “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on December 18th. On the flip side, there’s comedy and satire from The Crackpot Crones, a lesbian sketch comedy duo. Playwright and actor Terry Baum joins Marilyn as well. Music and clips! 

Thursday, December 12th, at 7pm Pacific. kalw.org and 91.7fm in San Francisco.

Cabarets & More for the Holidays

Dec 5, 2013

Eric Jansen's guests Thursday night at 7 are singers Russ Lorenson & Veronica Klaus. They perform in Lorenson's 8th Annual Christmas in San Francisco, taking place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at Pa'ina Lounge & Restaurant, 1865 Post Street. Live in KALW studios, they'll share some of their music, and we'll also talk about the Bay Area cabaret scene; Lorenson's new organization, Artists Helping Artists (AHA!); and other queer holiday entertainment options in and around San Francisco.

Making the holidays queerly more comfortable!

Nov 26, 2013

  

  

God Loves Uganda is a new feature-length documentary about the influence of U.S.-based evangelical Christian missionaries who have been whipping up anti-gay religious fervor in Uganda for many years.  Uganda’s parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would still be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. The link that God Loves Uganda shows between religious extremists in this country and the virulent homophobia in Uganda is chilling and creepy.  Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams visited KALW studios to play film clips and talk about his journeys to Africa and Missouri to make this documentary with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen. (Broadcast Oct. 31, 2013)

  

Special Adoptions: Thursday at 7pm, Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen speaks with Dennis Hanley, the gay single adoptive dad of three brothers, and with Doni DeBolt, the executive director of Adopt A Special Kid (AASK). Founded 40 years ago, this Oakland-based agency was among the first in the U.S. to encourage lesbian, gay, single, lower-income and older adults to adopt children, and the first to focus on special needs children, including sets of siblings, older kids, and queer youth neglected in foster care.  Live interview 7pm Thursday, Oct. 24, on kalw.org + 91.7 FM; listen after broadcast at OutInTheBay.org

'Hate Speech' - for Piano and Audience Cell Phones

Oct 17, 2013

Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen talks with New York pianist, activist and “modern music evangelist” Adam Tendler. His composition "Hate Speech," for piano and audience cell phones, has its West Coast premiere this Saturday. It’s a protest piece dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, with whispered words culled from a Tea Party politician's Facebook page. Adam Tendler performs "Hate Speech" and other pieces Saturday night in Modern Piano Lineages, a concert at San Francisco's Center for New Music with KALW Revolutions Per Minute host Sarah Cahill.

Adam joined Eric live in KALW studios to talk about "Hate Speech," modern music, and his memoir about coming out during his "88x50" piano recital tour of every state in the U.S.A.  And, in an Out in the Bay exclusive, he played live in our studio on a cheap Casio electronic keyboard to demonstrate the intricacies of a rarely-performed Philip Glass composition,"Two Pages," he'll play Saturday. Modern Piano Lineages, featuring Adam Tendler and Sarah Cahill, starts 8pm, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., San Francisco. Click here for concert info

Big thanks to Virgin America for changing Adam’s flight to SFO without extra fees so that he could be here for Thursday’s interview.

  

San Francisco’s latest survey of its homeless children and adults found that 29% of them were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, while only about 15% of the city’s overall population is LGBT. So Monday, the city holds its first-ever LGBTQ Connect, a targeted version of its Project Homeless Connect events that help low-income people find housing and a wide range of services. Tonight on Out in the Bay, Eric Jansen’s guests are Project Homeless Connect program director Emily Cohen and AIDS Housing Alliance SF director Brian Basinger, instrumental in creating LGBTQ Connect. Tune in 7pm Thursday to learn about the services to be offered Monday at LGBTQ Connect and for a discussion about what "homeless" means in today's economy, why LGBT people have a hard time in homeless shelters and a hard time getting services, how evictions are disproportionately affecting LGBT people, and how San Francisco and other cities are addressing these challenges. 

At the Seams: Eli Conley's "folk songs for misfits"

Sep 12, 2013
Sarah Deragon


Eli Conley sings of love, prisons, coal mining, religion, homophobia and leaving Virginia on his new CD At The Seams, an album he calls "modern-day folk songs for misfits." Hear Eli's music and his chat with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen about his life, his songwriting and how he helps other transgender singers find their voices. 

  

Jose Sarria was the first openly gay person to run for public office in the United States.  He passed away on August 19th and his memorial is Friday the 6th at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  Marilyn Pittman visits with historian and photographer Dan Nicoletta, portrayed in the 2008 movie 'Milk,' about Jose Sarria's life and legacy.  Airs Thursday, 9/5/13 at 7pm. 

"The End of San Francisco" -- according to Mattilda

Aug 27, 2013

  

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, the provocative, angry, queer anti-assimilationist writer, is back on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, with her latest ... manifesto? Or memoir?  (Even though she’s only 40) In The End of San Francisco, Mattilda deals with family, incest, gay sex work, the digital ruination of our City by the Bay, political correctness and its stifling effect on activism and even just talking with one another, and much more. Join Mattilda and host Eric Jansen for another, in Mattilda’s words, “delicious conversation” about life, struggles, triumphs -- ours and the cities we live in. 

The Boy Who Was Not a Lesbian

Aug 21, 2013

7pm Thursday. What makes us male or female? Or somewhere in between?

  

Out In The Bay Goes Walking In San Francisco

Aug 7, 2013

  

San Francisco is a city for walking tours and why not show tourists the seedy side?  Leave it to a drag queen!  Host Marilyn Pittman talks with Rick Shelton, aka "Lola Montez," about his two-hour walking tour and the rich San Francisco history you won't get on the mainstream tours. As Lola says:   "Hear stories of the Barbary Coast. San Francisco was rich in more than gold. Many came to San Francisco to "start over," to follow their dreams. The common met the exotic." Thursday, November 7th, at 7pm right after "Fresh Air." 

http://www.dragmealongtours.com

Out In The Bay: Connie Does Judy

Jul 18, 2013

San Francisco's legendary chanteuse Connie Champagne talks with host Marilyn Pittman about her Judy Garland show "Behind The Wig," Sunday, July 28th, at The Boxcar Playhouse in the city by the bay.  She'll also talk about her role in 'Hedwig and The Angry Inch," running through August 10th at the Boxcar. Plus, of course, some of her music. Thursday, July 25th,  at 7pm. 

Got a queer itch to hitch? On this hour-long call-in edition of Out in the Bay, analysis and reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases. What are the next political steps, and how will the rulings affect our lives on a practical basis? Join host Eric Jansen and his legal, financial and political expert guests for answers to your questions. Should you, or should you not tie the knot? Even with the Supreme Court's historic rulings, how are same-sex couples still legally different from hetero couples? Arm yourself with knowledge on this week's Out in the Bay.

Audio Pending...

It seems gay pride is spreading. Yet mere miles from San Francisco, many LGBT people have reason not to feel safe or be “out” at work. 


Gay Day at Great America with Pollo Del Mar!

May 7, 2013

Pride is just around the corner so let's have some fun! Marilyn takes a look at "Gay Days" in amusement parks. Disneyworld was first in '91 and the right wing boycotted them for 8 years. Do we still need them? Her guest is drag star Pollo Del Mar, who's producing "Pride Night" at Great America Friday, May 24th, in Santa Clara, CA. She's got TV host Wendy Williams, Glee's Alex Newell ("Unique"), and lots of other entertainment and fun planned.  Broadcast and streaming live, Thursday, May 9th, 2013, at 7pm Pacific. 

Less than 5 percent of LGBT people give directly to LGBT causes. Why is that? In the midst of another tech boom, why do Bay Area non-profits -- gay and straight -- still struggle?  How might they tap into the “new young money”?  How much can social media help?  Give OUT Day, a new national experiment in online giving for LGBT causes, debuts May 9.  Eric Jansen's expert guests on Out in the Bay are Jodi Schwartz of LYRIC, a non-profit serving queer and questioning youth in San Francisco for more than 20 years; Roger Doughty of Horizons Foundation, the Bay Area’s LGBT foundation; and Noris Chavarría of Bolder Giving, creator of Give OUT Day.  

Out and Equal in the workplace?

Apr 16, 2013

For the first time, top corporate executives are telling their stories of being out in the workplace in a new anthology, "Out and Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office."  Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.

Karinda Dobbins is an up and coming comedian who happens to carry too many labels:  black, gay, single mother.  But she's still one of a kind. Host (and one of the first 'out' comics) Marilyn Pittman talks with Karinda about her life in Oakland, her daughter, her stand-up act, and what it was like opening for W. Kamau Bell of FX's 'Totally Biased"  last week at Stagewerx on Valencia Street. 

Airs Thursday 4-4-13 at 7pm

Out in the Bay breaks format for a live, hour-long call-in, 7 - 8pm Thursday, on the marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, just back from witnessing the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 Supreme Court arguments in person, fills us in on the proceedings with her astute insights and first-hand perspective. Internationally-known same-sex relationship lawyer Fred Hertz gives practical advice on what the potential rulings could mean for couples.

"Snow White" and Alotta Bouté

Mar 21, 2013
Kasey L. Ross

Meet Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and Beach Blanket Babylon cast member Chavé Alexander and her burlesque alter ego Alotta Boutté. Beach Blanket Babylon and the SF Gay Men’s Chorus have teamed up to present Snow White & Her Merry Men — the first-ever collaboration by these two iconic San Francisco performing arts groups — at Davies Symphony Hall Monday and Tuesday nights, March 25 & 26.


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