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. 

Out and Equal in the workplace?

Apr 16, 2013

For the first time, top corporate executives are telling their stories of being out in the workplace in a new anthology, "Out and Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office."  Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.


Poems Under the Dome // Go to San Francisco's City Hall to celebrate National Poetry Month. It’s an open-mike event, so bring something to recite, or just listen. It’ll be sheer poetry in either case. // DETAILS: Poems Under the Dome, City Hall, San Francisco, April 18, 5:30pm. Cost: FREE


Karinda Dobbins is an up and coming comedian who happens to carry too many labels:  black, gay, single mother.  But she's still one of a kind. Host (and one of the first 'out' comics) Marilyn Pittman talks with Karinda about her life in Oakland, her daughter, her stand-up act, and what it was like opening for W. Kamau Bell of FX's 'Totally Biased"  last week at Stagewerx on Valencia Street. 

Airs Thursday 4-4-13 at 7pm

Out In The Bay: Feminist Pioneer and Poet Judy Grahn

Mar 14, 2013
Aunt Lute Books

Host and Producer Marilyn Pittman interviews lesbian feminist pioneer, Judy Grahn, whose "Common Woman" poems inspired the early 70's feminist movement. Marilyn's 1982 NPR-funded series "By A Woman Writ" profiled Judy and her work. This show will feature audio from that program of actors performing her words. Judy is now Co-Director of The Women's Spirituality Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. 7pm.


A Simple Revolution: Judy Grahn, feminist poet

Mar 13, 2013

Host and Producer Marilyn Pittman interviews lesbian feminist pioneer, Judy Grahn, whose "Common Woman" poems inspired the early 70's feminist movement. Marilyn's 1982 NPR-funded series "By A Woman Writ" profiled Judy and her work. This show will feature audio from that program of actors performing her words. Judy is now Co-Director of The Women's Spirituality Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. 7pm.

Meth, AIDs, and The Gays

Mar 5, 2013

In the early part of the last decade, methamphetamine use in the Castro in San Francisco was called "the second epidemic" because gay men were having unprotected sex while high. But new research from The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes or JAIDS, shows meth use by San Francisco gay men has declined considerably.  Why?  Was it the public service campaign? Or a generational shift?  And is it really declining or are people reluctant to tell the truth due to a stigma now? Marilyn Pittman talks with Matthew Bajko of the Bay Area Reporter. Airs 7pm Pacific Thursday March 7th. 

Out In The Bay 2/21/13

Feb 21, 2013

Discussion on Defense of Marriage Act and its impact on LGBT bi-national couples.

On today's Your Call, we’re talking about the trans* movement for social and legal equality. Thirty-four states can still deny employment, housing, or education to those who identify as transgender. What are the realities of those who live under the trans* label? Where are we seeing positives in education in activism? Join us at 10 or leave a comment at What role should the government play in protecting trans* people? How far has society come in terms of accepting gender variance? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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.”