Eric Jansen

An Archive Of Hope: Harvey Milk's Own Words

Jun 29, 2015

To commemorate Independence Day and the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality, Out in the Bay is honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. of the gay rights movement, Harvey Milk.

Pride! Out In the Bay's 10th Anniversary Show!

Jun 25, 2015


April 29th, 2015 at The Oasis Cabaret and Nightclub in San Francisco's SoMa district we taped the show before a live audience.

The Gay '70s: "Sex, Drugs, And Disco"

Jun 4, 2015

Take a trip back to the '70s with San Francisco author Mark Abramson. His memoir, "Sex, Drugs, and Disco" chronicles the story of gay men flooding into the Castro from all over the country to find more freedom. A time of cheap drinks, cheap sex, lots of drugs, and penicillin trucks.  Another chapter in the history of gay San Francisco as Pride month begins.  Marilyn hosts. Out In The Bay, this Thursday June 5th at 7pm.

Out Walking The Streets of San Francisco

May 20, 2015


Out in the Bay - gay radio from San Francisco - celebrates 10 years of broadcasting LGBT stories to the world with a party and show taping at the Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret in San Francisco this Wednesday, April 29th from 5-8pm.

All the information is at Out in the Bay's website, and tickets are available from

Karen Ripley's "Oh, No! There's Men On The Land!"

Apr 23, 2015

The hilarious gay comedy pioneer Karen Ripley tells the stories of lesbian life in the '70s in her solo show, "Oh, No! There's Men On The Land!" opening May 1st at The Marsh in Berkeley. A gay stand-up before there WAS gay stand-up. Hear about the legendary Brick Hut cafe in Berkeley and all its 'dyke drama,' find out about the hot sex everybody was having with everybody, and discover the many characters in this coming-of-age story.

Harm Reduction: A 12-Step Alternative

Apr 2, 2015


In the early '90s, Harm Reduction evolved as a new strategy for AIDS prevention. Stopping drug and alcohol abuse was no longer a condition for treatment. Marilyn talks with Dr. Patt Denning who created the revolutionary Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco. Her book, "Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy," is the bible of this rising movement. Tune in Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 7pm Pacific. 

Sex, Drugs, and Disco: A Memoir

Mar 19, 2015


Marilyn Pittman goes back to the '70s and early '80s in San Francisco with author Mark Abramson. His 2014 memoir "For My Brothers" has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another. The wild and crazy times of gay male life included Sylvester, Divine, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Then, the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Thursday, March 18th, 2015 at 7pm Pacific. 

The Best of Out In The Bay: Life Before The Lifeboat

Mar 12, 2015


AIDS led the world to many new discoveries in medicine. But San Francisco's General Hospital pioneered a new model of patient care. In the film, "Life Before The Lifeboat,"  Dr. Paul Volberding interviews nurses, doctors, medical professionals, and community leaders from that time. Marilyn's audio version of the film is a compelling, dramatic, intense listening experience. A special rebroadcast Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 7pm. 


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)

Tom Nolan on Gay Seniors

Feb 5, 2015

For almost two decades, Tom Nolan ran Project Open Hand, a meal service created during the AIDS crisis.  He's now chairman of the MUNI board. But his passion is gay rights, specifically the plight of the city's gay seniors.   What kinds of challenges do they face that others don't? You might be surprised. Marilyn Pittman talks with Tom about the findings of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 7pm on and 91.7fm. 

The New Face of Out Comedy

Jan 22, 2015


Janine Brito is Marilyn's guest this week on "Out In The Bay," gay radio from San Francisco now celebrating its 10th year. Best known for her hilarious rants on the FX TV show, "Totally Biased,"  (starring San Francisco's own W. Kamau Bell),  Janine proved that at least some lesbians can be funny. She's in San Francisco for SFSketchfest, the annual two-week multi-venue comedy event. Thursday, January 22nd, at 7pm Pacific, right after "Fresh Air." 

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.

Brava Hosts Hot Lesbian Film

Oct 30, 2014

Making feature films with lesbians at the center isn't an easy task, especially when you have to shoot it in 5 days! Hear about the actors, the improv, and the steamy love scenes as host Marilyn Pittman talks to writer-director Marina Rice Bader, Thursday, October 30th, 7pm.  See the film at Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco's Mission District Saturday, November 1st, at 7pm.

A Gay History: "For My Brothers"

Aug 20, 2014

The wild and crazy times of gay male life in San Francisco during the 70's and 80's are told in this memoir from someone who lived through them, miraculously. Marilyn talks with author Mark Abramson about his book, "For My Brothers." Thursday, August 21st, 2014. 7:00pm Pacific. 


Uncovering a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age. As Russia continues its anti-gay crackdown, Oakland-based women’s chorus Kitka performs "I will remember everything," a world premiere of a cappella music that gives voice to poems by Sophia Parnok, a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age a century ago.  Some call Parnok “Russia’s Sappho.” Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Nora Elmeligy stopped by Kitka's rehearsal Monday night to capture some of the sumptuous music being prepared for the June 20-22 premiere, and to speak with Kitka director and singer Shira Cion and composer Eric Banks, who translated Parnok’s poems and set them to music, about their inspiration for this concert.  Broadcast: 7pm PDT Thursday, June 12, on + 91.7 FM SF Bay Area. [photo: Myles Boisen]

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, and 91.7fm, San Francisco. 

Harvey Milk Celebrated

May 20, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd is the debut of the Harvey Milk postage stamp.  "Out In The Bay's" Marilyn Pittman talks with James Black and Charles Morris, the authors of  "An Archive of Hope,"  a collection of Harvey Milk's speeches, columns, and campaign materials. Hear about Harvey's passion for government by the people and his campaign motto: "You gotta give 'em hope." Thursday, May 22nd, at 7pm right after "Fresh Air.  (originally aired October 13, 2013)

Lesbian Pulp Fiction, 21st Century Style

Apr 3, 2014


San Francisco writer Monica Nolan has just completed the fourth book in her saucy Lesbian Career Girl series. With titles like “Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary," “Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher” and “Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilletante,” they’re spoofs of 1950s and ‘60s career primers for high school girls, and humorous homages to lesbian pulp fiction of the same era – often-maligned literature that helped build the gay rights movement. Join Nolan with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen as they read selections from her racy fiction -- including a sneak peek from her yet-to-be-released "Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady" --  and discuss how historically-set novels and film document the changes in societal norms and LGBT rights over the years. (Aired April 3)

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.