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Out in the Bay: Drag Racer Rock M. Sakura seeks superpower and responds to anti-Asian violence

LATEST NEWS | By Eric Jansen | Apr 9

You may know Bay Area-raised drag performer Rock M. Sakura from last year's "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 12, from her YouTube channel with more than 55,000 subscribers, or from her pre-COVID performances at numerous drag events.

New global LGBTQ group forms on anniversary of 1st same-sex weddings

LATEST NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Apr 8

Two decades ago, four same-sex couples said, "I do," in Amsterdam's city hall.

SF mayor appoints bi woman to lead homeless department

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 8

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced she has appointed a bisexual woman to lead the city's homeless department.

Business Briefing: LGBTQ San Francisco social club daylights

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 7

As it marks its reopening this weekend with a free art event open to the public, a queer social club in San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro district is planning to offer daytime access to nonmembers starting June 1.

Editorial: Supes should reject Dikas for preservation panel

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Apr 7

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors should reject Mayor London Breed's nominee, Christina Dikas, to the Historic Preservation Commission.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1971

NEWS | By BAR staff | Apr 7

In honor of the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, we're culling from our archive to feature a different year of the paper each week.

News Briefs: Presidio campground opens monthly lottery

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 7

The Rob Hill Campground in San Francisco's Presidio will welcome back campers this summer as it gradually becomes safe to stay in larger groups.

Transmissions: Through trans eyes

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Apr 7

As I've written about many times before, we live in unprecedented times when it comes to trans rights.

Guest Opinion: Investing in behavioral health for all

NEWS | By David Chiu | Apr 7

At just past the one-year mark of COVID-19, we have seen the devastating consequences of the pandemic in every aspect of society.

Arts & Culture

50 years in 50 Weeks: May 17, 1972 Chaotic Cowboy Contest

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 9

The Covered Wagon bar hosted the 1972 Mr. Cowboy contest, but things didn't go well, as reported in the B.A.R.'s May 17 issue. Many in attendance were "stirred into a frenzy of accusations, charges and counter-charges of fraud, fake fix and cheat."

SF Film Festival 2021; a few fave flicks

MOVIES | By Brian Bromberger | Apr 6

SFFilm is making big changes to accommodate the pandemic for its 64th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival to be held from April 9-18 that will include primarily online streaming and in-person events at the Fort Mason Flix drive-in theater.

50 years in 50 weeks: May 1, 1971: In all their plumage

DRAG | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 6

As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, each week we'll take a nostalgic look at a highlight from each year's issues. In May 1, 1971 , a plumaged party seemed like a lot of fun.

Screen times: Film coverage in the B.A.R. through 50 years, part 2

MOVIES | By Brian Bromberger | Apr 6

As the 1990s approached, films began to offer more positive portrayals of LGBTQ people, often as the loyal best friend, with characters beginning to be more fleshed out, having lives rooted in their sexuality but not necessarily ruled only by it.

Groove Tube: the B.A.R.'s five decades of TV turn-ons

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Apr 6

It is hard to narrow the discourse to just a handful of TV shows over so many years and hundreds of columns, but here are some of the LGBTQ stories that spurred controversy or altered the landscape.

Homing's In, April 2-12, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 1

As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, let's look to arts nightlife and community groups that share our collective history. Long-running theater companies and even new online forums span the decades.


Go West: How the B.A.R. brought me to California and halfway around the world, twice

CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Mar 31

With more than 900 articles penned for the Bay Area Reporter, I feel a strong connection as the newspaper celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. I thought to share some behind the scenes tales as well.

50 years of Leather in the B.A.R.

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Race Bannon | Mar 31

In honor of the B.A.R.'s 50th anniversary, let's look back on the past five decades of local leather seen through the lens of the paper, which is admittedly but a smidgen of the entirety of local leather history.

That's (adult) entertainment: veteran editor & columnist on the B.A.R.'s erotica true connection

SEXUALITY | By John Karr | Mar 31

Our veteran erotica reviewer reminisces about the early glory days of gay porn on film, vintage B.A.R. coverage, and porn's rise, (ahem) in popularity before changes made into VHS and online formats.

Golden age of hustlers: The rise and fall of the B.A.R.'s famous escort ads

SEX | By Cornelius Washington | Mar 31

The Bay Area Reporter has never shied away from expressing and exploring every aspect of the community, including sexuality. A look back at the 1990s peak of escort ads leads to bit of erotic nostalgia.

Working for words: a B.A.R. writer reminisces

CULTURE | By Mark William Norby | Mar 30

A former assistant editor and current freelance writer, Mark Norby recalls his first days working at the B.A.R.'s 9th & Harrison office.

The bars that brought us the B.A.R. - from the Tavern Guild to the Bay Area Reporter

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | Mar 30

The Bay Area Reporter first published on April 1, 1971, two years after the New York Stonewall Riots. But the paper's emergence grew not out of activism, but from San Francisco's growing gay bar scene.