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 their patrons, and demanded "protection" money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of exposure they were easy blackmail targets. 

Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  On this week's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday), Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need. (Broadcast 7pm PDT Thursday 8/27/15 on + 91.7fm SF.)

The Art & Queerness of Burning Man

Aug 20, 2015

Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert every August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What's queer about it? On Thursday's Out in the Bay (7pm PDT 8/20) Eric Jansen's guests are Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal, writer and photographer, respectively, of the book Burning Man: Art on Fire; and Foxy, past mayor of Camp Beaverton, the main lesbian camp in Burning Man's "gayborhood." (This interview first broadcast Aug. 14, 2014)

Meet California State Senator Mark Leno

Aug 13, 2015


'Gay Semiotics' - a photo trip back to the 1970s

Jun 18, 2015
Image courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco:


Gay Semiotics is a set of two dozen iconic photographs with embedded text, presented as a tongue-in-cheek anthropological essay on the codes of sexual orientation and identification in 1970s San Francisco. They’re on view through June 27 - for the first time in San Francisco since 1977 - at Ratio 3 gallery, 2831A Mission St.

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.

Liberace's Spectacular Crystal Closet

Apr 30, 2015
The Liberace Foundation for the Performing & Creative Arts

Recovering from our 10-year party and retrospective show taping last night, tonight at 7 we re-air a favorite we couldn't include any clips from last night. It's a music-rich documentary on the late "Mr. Showmanship"'s life and legacy, produced by Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and told with love by Liberace Museum curators and a Liberace tribute artist, and featuring Liberace’s own voice and music.

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

'Shit & Champagne - A Whitesploitation Comedy'

Jan 15, 2015
Robbie Sweeny


Shit & Champagne and Oasis.  Meet the man behind a show we can't name on public radio airwaves: Shit & Champagne - A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance.  D'Arcy Drollinger is an actor, dancer, playwright, director and choreographer of many shows, and wrote and stars in Shit & Champagne, now at San Francisco's new bar and queer performance space, Oasis. Drollinger is also a partner in the new club, which opened New Year's Eve, and says its cabaret-style showroom and stage are "a dream come true" in this interview with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen, 7pm PST Thursday 1/15. You'll also hear clips from S&C, and about D'Arcy's life, career and his weekly dance class for all ages, genders, shapes and abilities, Sexitude. (Eric goes, you can too!)

Managing Grief

Jan 1, 2015

How do we cope with the death of a spouse or lover? Or of a parent or sibling with whom we had a troubled relationship?  What particular challenges do LGBT people face in grieving? Surveys show that most Americans consider the loss of someone’s unmarried partner less traumatic for the survivor than the loss of a wife or husband. Where does that leave gay men and lesbians whose partners die? Bereavement experts say many minorities suffer "disenfranchised grief" - grief not fully recognized by society. On this week's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday), Eric Jansen and guests discuss these and other aspects of grief and loss.  (First aired March 27, 2014; re-broadcast 7pm PST January 1, 2015)

Giant Tree's Tale: Gifts and Ornaments Grow With It

Dec 11, 2014
Peretz Partensky


The Tale of Tom & Jerry's Tree:Tom Taylor and Jerry Goldstein's Xmas Tree & Holiday Spectacular in SF's Dolores Heights draws thousands of visitors. The tree is 65 feet tall. They use a crane to place oversized ornaments, presents, and stuffed toy animals. Why put on this extravagant display every December, for 20+ years now, at huge expense? It's one of their gifts to the city - and maybe a reason they've stuck together 41 years!  Tom & Jerry, active philanthropists, also founded the Diversity Foundation of San Francisco. Meet them, hear their tale and their tree's on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, Dec. 11. Eric Jansen hosts.

Supersurvivors - Growing from Adversity

Sep 11, 2014


Kari Orvik

For some people, getting dressed in the morning isn’t about just throwing on what’s in reach, or clean. For others, it’s more of a ritual with attention to the finest detail and a commitment not to leave the house in nothing but their finest.  Fashion changes all the time, from Goth to Steampunk to the dapper look. But for women like, Thúy H. Nguyễn, who prefer to dress in a more masculine style, it can be a challenge.

Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after his roommate recorded webcam videos of Tyler’s lustful encounters with another man, then invited other students to view them.

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



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. 

Napa shows its LGBTQ pride

Jun 27, 2013

With events ranging from Big Gay Trivia Night to Big Gay Golf to the Dinner and Drag Show, and 19 other events – Pride in Napa has officially arrived. Chef’s Market is the weekly party Napa throws for its locals. This week, it comes with a twist – there are rainbow flags lining up and down the city light posts, proudly announcing “Do Pride.” Booths proclaiming LGBTQ organizations and clubs, and queer couples holding hands while experiencing the live music and fresh food, in what was once a very quiet homophobic country town. KALW’s Teddy Lederer was at the event and brought back these perspectives from the crowd.

Marlena’s was a Hayes Valley gathering place that helped knit the city together through good cheer and glitzy drag numbers. But the neighborhood has changed and the iconic bar closed earlier this spring.

It was a popular gay bar, featuring lip-synched drag shows, community fundraisers, and lots and lots of regulars. The spot was around for a couple of decades, right in the heart of the up-and-coming Hayes Valley, which, these days, has up-and-come with trendy restaurants and boutique shops. But, no longer, Marlena’s.

"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.

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.


How does an openly gay African-American man become a film mogul? He acted like one. Hear Marilyn's interview with D Street Media's CEO Dexter Davis. His global film production and distribution company includes productions in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles. He's currently producing a film in Argentina, and a blockbuster heist film in Hollywood.