Trannyshack Transforms Into Mother

Dec 25, 2014


Drag impresario Heklina, of "Trannyshack" fame, has revitalized what used to be the hot corner of the gay male club scene in the '70s and '80s.  It was called Oasis and came complete with swimming pool, showers, and towels back then.  She's keeping that name and opening the new space on New Year's Eve.  Her new drag show, "Mother," opens on January 17th.  Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman (broadcast Thursday, December 25th)

LGBT Africans Speak Out On Growing Homophobia

Nov 13, 2014


With Uganda's ruling party this week proposing a new anti-gay bill many LGBT advocates say is even worse than the law struck down in August, a Ugandan civil rights leader and two activists from Cameroon appear on Out in the Bay (Thursday, 7pm) to give first-hand accounts of the situation in their countries.Pepe Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), talks about government tracking of activists and the public backlash after Uganda's high court nullified the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and describes how homophobia and transphobia are sweeping across Africa. Gaelle runs the Cameroon non-profit women's support organization Elles; Cedric, who worked for an AIDS organization, fled Cameroon last year fearing for his life and now lives in the Bay Area. (Gaelle and Cedric did not want their last names used.) We also hear "We Were the Hunted Then" from St. Louis, Missouri-based singer/songwriter Jon Valley.

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.

Supersurvivors - Growing from Adversity

Sep 11, 2014


Out In The Bay 9/4/14

Sep 4, 2014

Interview with Tom Nolan, long time San Francisco gay rights leader on the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force.

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. 

The Gay Mayor Of Salt Lake City

Jul 17, 2014


Troy Williams is known as "the gay mayor" of Salt Lake City. He is an award-winning broadcaster, host of KRCL's "Radioactive" there. He has been at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality in a red state dominated by the Mormon church. He has news from that front, plus excerpts of his interview with feminist Kate Kelly, who made headlines June 23rd when she was ex-communicated by the Mormon church.  

  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7pm Pacific.

Photo by Liz Payne


7pm Thursday. Historians debated for decades whether Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian. Writer Terry Baum's and director Carolyn Myers' new play, Hick: A Love Story - The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt is about the romance between arguably America’s most influential First Lady - the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President during the Great Depression and World War 2 (1933-45) - and the USA’s most prominent woman journalist at the time. Eric Jansen hosts this conversation with Baum and Myers, in which they perform scenes from the play to preview it for Out in the Bay listeners, 7pm Thursday. Hick: A Love Story, co-presented by the Crackpot Crones and Theatre Rhinoceros, runs July 10-27 in San Francisco's Eureka Theatre. All performances are FREE, but reservations are required


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. 

Out In The Bay: Counter-Culture Diva

May 28, 2014

Dedicated to capturing the oral history of queer San Francisco, Out In The Bay host Marilyn Pittman  interviews one of the legendary figures of the 60's, 70's, and 80's: former Cockettes member, Dolores Deluce. Her memoir, "My Life, A Four-Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter-Culture Diva," made Amazon's Top 20 and is an intimate, honest look back at life in the city during its radical heyday. Friends with Divine, Sylvester; lover to many gay men, witness to the devastation of AIDS, Dolores is a survivor with stories to tell. Thursday, May 29, 2014 

  at 7pm Pacific. 

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)

Destiny Arts: Helping Youth Out

May 15, 2014

Even in the S.F.

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)

Julia Jackson: Children Are Forever

Feb 13, 2014


Did you know black babies are half the cost as white babies and you don't have to wait as long? Marilyn Pittman talks with comic Julia Jackson about her new solo show, "Children Are Forever (All Sales Are Final)," a look at a biracial lesbian couple who adopt a black baby. Hilarious, poignant. Thursday, 7pm Pacific, February 13, 2014. 

Marga Gomez' "Lovebirds"

Jan 14, 2014

One of the first 'out' comics, award-winning solo performer Marga Gomez talks with Marilyn Pittman about her 10th solo show, "Lovebirds," running January 23rd-March 15th at The Marsh in San Francisco's Mission District. A G.L.A.A.D. award-winner, Marga has been seen on Logo, HBO, Showtime, and PBS. They'll talk about the early days of comedy and the new show full of wacky lovers chasing love.  7pm Pacific, Thursday, January 16th, 2014

New Year's Comedy By The Bay and Hilarity in Utah!

Dec 26, 2013

The last show of 2013 has host Marilyn Pittman talking about New Year's Eve shows with local out comics. Live in the studio: comedian Casey Ley (pictured), plus comics Karinda Dobbins, and Marga Gomez by phone.  Plus a special call-in from Salt Lake City's leading gay rights activist, Troy Williams, on the gay marriage rulings of the last week. History, hilarity and more from the 'gay Terry Gross!'

Holiday Music and Comedy Galore!

Dec 10, 2013


What would the holidays be without a little Judy? Connie Champagne talks with host Marilyn Pittman about her Judy Garland show “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on December 18th. On the flip side, there’s comedy and satire from The Crackpot Crones, a lesbian sketch comedy duo. Playwright and actor Terry Baum joins Marilyn as well. Music and clips! 

Thursday, December 12th, at 7pm Pacific. and 91.7fm in San Francisco.

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


Out In The Bay Kicks Off Holidays with Jason Brock

Nov 19, 2013

You may have seen him on TV in "X Factor," the singing competition. Or you may have seen him around San Francisco singing his heart out. Called by producer LA Reid (Pink), "a songwriter's best friend," Jason starts our holiday season at Martuni's in the city singing Carole King's seminal 1971 album, "Tapestry," Saturday and Sunday at 7pm, Nov. 23 & 24. Marilyn Pittman interviews him live at 7pm on November 21st.


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. 


Jose Sarria was the first openly gay person to run for public office in the United States.  He passed away on August 19th and his memorial is Friday the 6th at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  Marilyn Pittman visits with historian and photographer Dan Nicoletta, portrayed in the 2008 movie 'Milk,' about Jose Sarria's life and legacy.  Airs Thursday, 9/5/13 at 7pm. 


Out In The Bay Goes Walking In San Francisco

Aug 7, 2013


San Francisco is a city for walking tours and why not show tourists the seedy side?  Leave it to a drag queen!  Host Marilyn Pittman talks with Rick Shelton, aka "Lola Montez," about his two-hour walking tour and the rich San Francisco history you won't get on the mainstream tours. As Lola says:   "Hear stories of the Barbary Coast. San Francisco was rich in more than gold. Many came to San Francisco to "start over," to follow their dreams. The common met the exotic." Thursday, November 7th, at 7pm right after "Fresh Air."

Out In The Bay: Connie Does Judy

Jul 18, 2013

San Francisco's legendary chanteuse Connie Champagne talks with host Marilyn Pittman about her Judy Garland show "Behind The Wig," Sunday, July 28th, at The Boxcar Playhouse in the city by the bay.  She'll also talk about her role in 'Hedwig and The Angry Inch," running through August 10th at the Boxcar. Plus, of course, some of her music. Thursday, July 25th,  at 7pm. 

Out In The Bay 7/11/13

Jul 11, 2013

"An Archive Of Hope"--a collection of Harvey Milk's letters, speeches, columns.

Out In The Bay 7/4/13

Jul 4, 2013

Rainbow flag discussion

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.

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.