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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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.

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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.

Out In The Bay: Feminist Pioneer and Poet Judy Grahn

Mar 14, 2013
Aunt Lute Books

Host and Producer Marilyn Pittman interviews lesbian feminist pioneer, Judy Grahn, whose "Common Woman" poems inspired the early 70's feminist movement. Marilyn's 1982 NPR-funded series "By A Woman Writ" profiled Judy and her work. This show will feature audio from that program of actors performing her words. Judy is now Co-Director of The Women's Spirituality Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. 7pm. http://www.sofia.edu/academics/faculty/grahn.php


A Simple Revolution: Judy Grahn, feminist poet

Mar 13, 2013

Host and Producer Marilyn Pittman interviews lesbian feminist pioneer, Judy Grahn, whose "Common Woman" poems inspired the early 70's feminist movement. Marilyn's 1982 NPR-funded series "By A Woman Writ" profiled Judy and her work. This show will feature audio from that program of actors performing her words. Judy is now Co-Director of The Women's Spirituality Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. 7pm. http://www.sofia.edu/academics/faculty/grahn.php

Meth, AIDs, and The Gays

Mar 5, 2013

In the early part of the last decade, methamphetamine use in the Castro in San Francisco was called "the second epidemic" because gay men were having unprotected sex while high. But new research from The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes or JAIDS, shows meth use by San Francisco gay men has declined considerably.  Why?  Was it the public service campaign? Or a generational shift?  And is it really declining or are people reluctant to tell the truth due to a stigma now? Marilyn Pittman talks with Matthew Bajko of the Bay Area Reporter. Airs 7pm Pacific Thursday March 7th. 

photo by Stuart Locklear

Meet Bay Area-bred singer, songwriter and keyboard player Mark Etheredge and collaborator Michael Cronin, who play in San Francisco  Saturday, and hear their latest music on this week's Out in the Bay.  Mark has just released his first CD, Change Coming,  featuring a wide range of songs about life and love, from the upbeat and humorous "Hot Tub" and "Pimp You Out for Love" to the very personal and touching "Room to Room,"  about his mother's struggle with Alzheimer's.


2013 is shaping up to be a historic year for marriage equality. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is facing repeal in Congress and the Supreme Court. DOMA is blocking the way for bi-national gay couples to be allowed to stay in the U.S.

If behind every great man is a great woman, then behind every great drag queen is a fierce and fabulous man! On this week's Out in the Bay, meet Stefan Grygelko, who's known on stage as Heklina. Heklina is co-creator of San Francisco cult-hit live-on-stage drag versions of The Golden Girls, Sex & The City and other classic TV sitcoms and the creator, producer and hostess of alternative drag show Trannyshack, now in its 17th year.  

Marissa Carter Photography

Mental health experts say LGBT people are more prone to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide than the general population. And anti-gay bullying is not just about kids.  Queer LifeSpace and the Trevor Lifeline offer solutions.

Homo-Fear in Africa

Jan 3, 2013

Homo-fear in Africa:   Host Marilyn Pittman gets a detailed debrief from journalist Edwin Okong'o about the fragile state of LGBT civil rights in Uganda and other African countries.

Chana Wilson grew up in the 1950s with a suicidal mother.  As an adult, she learned 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.

New Novels from Trebor Healey

Dec 20, 2012

"Funny, poignant, and erotic," says one reviewer about "Faun," the new novel by Trebor Healey.   "A Horse Named Sorrow," his second new novel, has been called "sexy, cinematic." Marilyn Pittman talks with him about the new work, what drives his passion for writing sexy, emotional stories, and his San Francisco roots. 7pm Thursday 12/20.  (First broadcast Oct. 18. Happy Holidaze!)

Marilyn Pittman's guest on Out in the Bay is San Francisco cabaret singer Jason Brock. Brock's singing was fabulous and he was openly gay on his recent nationally televised appearances on X Factor. Many wonder how much his being proudly out factored in viewers voting him off the "reality" TV show.  Hear him sing and judge for yourselves on this week's Out in the Bay ... then go see his New Year's Eve show, "Glitter Explosion!" (Broadcast Dec. 13, 2012)

The Submission: Are gay rights civil rights?

Dec 5, 2012

Are gay rights civil rights? Does the LGBT rights struggle deserve the same stature as the battle for women’s rights or racial equality? A provocative play - The Submission - at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco gets into these questions and more.  Is verbal gay-bashing still more acceptable than racist comments, even here in our pro-gay Bay Area bubble?  Lead actress Sam Jackson and director Ben Randle discuss these issues and share bits from the play with host Eric Jansen on this week's Out in the Bay (broadcast Dec.

Martha Wash (of “It’s Raining Men” fame) shared a sneak preview from her new album, due out in January, with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Mike Smith of the AIDS Emergency Fund. First Bay Area radio airplay, not yet on any other station!

Poet Richard Howard

Nov 19, 2012

‘Success’ and a Faun’s Afternoon. Richard Howard, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator, amuses us while musing on French fauns, ghosts of all-but-forgotten New York cruising spots, and the cultural figures he’s memorialized or channeled in verse – including painter Alice Neel, dancer Isadora Duncan and Madame Charles de Gaulle.  Now in his eighties, this “living legend” shares his poems, tells how translating can be erotic and reflects on gay life before many of us were born. 

When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Lungs, Clothes, Hair...

Nov 8, 2012

Have you ever been having an adult beverage in your favorite bar and got irritated about the smoke coming in from the smokers on the patio or sidewalk? The rates of LGBT people are almost twice that of the mainstream population. Marilyn talks with Brian Davis, from "Freedom from Tobacco," a project of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and Rachel Nolan, his associate. They say it's time for bar owners to stop enabling the smokers and endangering the public. The show airs at 7:00 pm Pacific Thursdays  http://www.fftsf.org/ 

Dottie, now in her 70s, was expelled from her all-girls high school for kissing other students.  Teenager Niko was born a girl, but felt more like a boy.  Dottie is an elder in OutLoud Radio’s Inter-generational Storytelling Project; Niko was in an OutLoud Radio summer program. Hear their tales and more -- some of OutLoud Radio's best past pieces and new works-in-progress -- on this week's Out in the Bay.

Gay politics: An election special

Oct 24, 2012
documentary film Question One

We found it, well, queer, that gay marriage - even the word "gay" - didn't come up in the presidential debates. Civil rights of any stripe were barely mentioned. On this week's Out in the Bay, politicos from both sides of the aisle delved into this and much more.  Host Eric Jansen’s guests: Democratic philanthropist and former ambassador James Hormel; Log Cabin (Republicans) Club of San Francisco vice president Jason Clark; and Darlene Huntress, former same-sex marriage campaign field director in Maine.

"Funny, poignant, and erotic," says one reviewer about "Faun," the new novel by Trebor Healey.   "A Horse Named Sorrow," his second new novel, has been called "sexy, cinematic." Marilyn talks with him about the new work, what drives his passion for writing sexy, emotional stories, and his San Francisco roots.

Pomo Afro Homos? Yes, "post-modern African American homosexuals," the groundbreaking black queer performance troupe from the 90's is back! Marilyn Pittman talks with Brian Freeman, one of the founders of the group that made history in San Francisco during the AIDS crisis of the early 90's. He's reprising their signature show, "Fierce Love," with updated material and new performers at The New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco October 17-28. http://www.nctcsf.org/press_room/fierce_love.htm