Out in the Bay

Thursdays 7pm
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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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Flaming Faggotry: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, editor of the new queer anti-assimilationist anthology "Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform," is back for another "delicious conversation" on Out in the Bay. This time, he -- oops, I mean she -- brings Harris Kornstein, aka ice-skating drag queen Lil Miss Hot Mess, one of his/her San Francisco-based contributors with her/ him.

Inequality hits LGBT people right in the assets. Remember all the hype about the “marriage penalty”?  actually, most of the penalties come if you canNOT marry. Legal inequities allow or even require discrimination in taxes, pensions, health care, real estate and much more. Financial advisor Mark Grace and estate planning attorney Susan von Herrmann fill us in on the extra steps queer people must take to protect themselves and their families financially. They also give practical tips for anyone – including straight folks – in a relationship not recognized by the U.S. government.

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 "marginal" California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood.

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.

Christmas, Golden Girls Style!

Dec 8, 2011

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes" is non-stop holiday hilarity all month at The Victoria Theatre in San Francisco's Mission district with Trannyshack creator, Heklina, and her band of merry drag stars. Marilyn visits with Heklina, who plays the Bea Arthur role, and Cookie Dough, who plays her mother. Marilyn saw the opening night which was a benefit for Project Open Hand and guffawed throughout. What a way to start the festivities! Leave it to the queens, honey! 

Medical Marijuana - Feds vs. States

Dec 1, 2011

How does marijuana help people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses? How is the federal crackdown on growers, distributors and dispensaries in California and other states that have decriminalized medical pot affecting patients who rely on marijuana to relieve their pains and help them heal?

Mitchell Gold - The Pain of Growing Up Gay

Nov 24, 2011

Furniture mogul Mitchell Gold talks with Marilyn Pittman about his book, "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America." The book features essays by Barney Frank, Richard Chamberlain, pro basketball player John Ameche, ambassador Jim Hormel and many others, including ministers, gay teens, and mothers who have lost gay children to suicide.

Toni Mirosevich's "The Takeaway Bin"

Nov 17, 2011

Poet and writing professor Toni Mirosevich's book of poems, The Takeaway Bin, is inspired by "Oblique Strategies," a dilemma-solving game created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975. Have a dilemma? Pick a card. Or pick a poem. Hear Toni read from The Takeaway Bin and her earlier books of poems and flash fiction, Queer Street and The Rooms We Make Our Own, and talk with host Eric Jansen about her life and "lyric documentaries."

Russ Lorenson sings Bobby Darin

Nov 10, 2011

San Francisco jazz singer Russ Lorenson has gotten rave reviews over the last five years as he's toured the USA with his critically-acclaimed tribute to Tony Bennett. This coming Tuesday, his tribute to rock, jazz, folk and country crooner Bobby Darin premieres in San Francisco’s Rrazz Room.

Queer rights in Africa and beyond

Oct 27, 2011

Health and human rights activist Lourence (Larry) Misedah's family in Kenya -- where homosexuality is punishable with 14 years in prison -- disowned him when he publicly came out as gay in 2007. Then, after violence and death threats at his university, he applied for and was granted political asylum in the U.S.  Hear his story and more about LGBT struggles in Africa and the Middle East from Misedah and International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission executive director Cary Johnson. Eric Jansen hosts.  

Matchmaker, Matchmaker!

Oct 13, 2011

Marilyn talks with Dr. Frankie and Soniyah Singh, two matchmakers in the Bay area. Dr. Frankie works with lesbians only and Soniyah works only with gay men. Is it harder to find love if you're gay? Do gay men have trouble coupling, while lesbians couple too easily? You'll hear how they coach their clients to get ready to meet the right person, what challenges they face, along with some of their client stories. - air date Oct 13, 2011

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.

Heeeeere's Marga!

Sep 29, 2011

One of the first openly gay comedians talks to one of the other first openly gay comedians! Marga Gomez, who's been on "Comic Relief" on HBO and Logo gay comedy specials, along with headlining on the LGBT circuit for many years, talks with Marilyn about her new show, "Not Getting Any Younger," now at The Marsh in San Francisco.  

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.

Eric Jansen's guest is writer and journalist Mike Weiss, whose gripping book Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone & Harvey Milk is a fascinating account of why Dan White did it and a fascinating look at the modern history of San Francisco and gay politics. Weiss covered Dan White's double-murder trial and the White Night Riots for Time, Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times. He was hooked, had to know more, spent years researching and writing, and the result is Double Play, which won an Edgar Award for Best True Crime Book of the Year.