gay rights

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.

It is all very well to castigate the Supreme Court for its failure to affirm gay rights. But rights mean nothing without responsibility and those responsibilities begin at home.  

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 kalw.org and 91.7fm. 

On December 8th the Indian Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Penal Code making sex against the order of nature a crime again. But India seems to have changed, without their Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court issued historic rulings on gay marriage today, dismissing an appeal by Prop 8 supporters and stating that married same-sex couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as opposite-sex ones. While the justices did not rule on the constitutionality of states’ rights to prohibit same-sex marriages or give guidance on the effect of their ruling, legal analysts believe today’s decision regarding Prop 8 will open the door for same-sex marriages in California.

Out In The Bay: The Immigration Front

Jul 13, 2012

The Immigration Front. Every day bi-national LGBT couples are denied the same rights as heterosexual couples. Fighting for their lives instead of being free to live them, these couples are subject to the homophobia of antiquated immigration laws. But under Obama, there is both hope and change. Marilyn talks with author Judy Rickard about her book, "Torn Apart," a chronicle of over 20 couples struggling with this punishing policy, and Lavi Soloway, attorney for many of the cases being challenged.

The rainbow flag flying over the Castro District is symbolic of the gay community. But back in Harvey Milk’s day, San Francisco was not as gay-friendly. Consider the words of Milk’s speechwriter, Frank Robinson, from a promo for the film 2008 Milk: “When he came to town, there were a lot of gays living in town but there was no such thing as a gay community per se. People were friends of the community who would be your friends until you got between a rock and a hard place, and then they didn’t know you.”

Photo Courtesty of Flickr user Kellie Parker, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sigmaration/233499524/

A couple of weeks ago, KALW’s Holly Kernan was reading the San Francisco Chronicle and there was an article about a U.C.gay  Berkeley teacher being arrested for soliciting sex in a bathroom. The teacher is suing over it. Kernan found it strange that police would be doing sting operations in university bathrooms. It also seemed odd to her that consensual sex would be a crime.