14 July 2020
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LGBTQ Agenda: San Mateo bisexual teen explores social justice career paths

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 13

Ariela Leventhal started working as an intern for Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) before she actually met her.

SF poised to allow gay bathhouses to return

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 9

San Francisco is poised to allow gay bathhouses to return after the businesses closed more than three decades ago during the height of the AIDS epidemic.

Business Briefs: Queer-owned law firm adjusts during health crisis

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 8

Since they closed their law firm's Oakland office in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, co-founders Felicia Medina and Jen Orthwein have been working from home, as has Kevin Love Hubbard, a lawyer recently made a partner in the firm.

Editorial: Wear a mask, dammit

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jul 8

In the Bay Area, while many people appear to be using face coverings when outside of their homes, there are still too many who aren't wearing them.

Grindr removes ethnicity filter to combat racism

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 8

Grindr, the largest hookup app for gay men, has dispensed with its ethnicity filter as it and other GBTQ dating platforms have joined together with a public health consortium to produce the NiceAF campaign.

Political Notebook: Police protests turn Assembly candidate Lee into citizen-journalist

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 8

Since advancing out of the March 3 primary race for an open South Bay state Assembly seat, Alex Lee had been sheltering at home with family, friends, and his 3-year-old cat Soba due to the coronavirus outbreak.

AIDS 2020 underway this week

NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Jul 8

The 23rd International AIDS Conference opened Monday, July 6, with welcoming remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

AIDS 2020 interfaith service invokes healing

NEWS | By Brian Bromberger | Jul 8

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Diocese-California welcomed viewers to a virtual service Tuesday by standing in front of the Haring altarpiece in Grace Cathedral's AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Summer-themed cannabis beverages are a hit

CANNABIS | By Sari Staver | Jul 8

With infused beverages being one of the fastest growing categories in the cannabis industry, most dispensaries are now selling a variety of summer-themed ones.

Arts & Culture

Homing's In: July 10-17 and ongoing arts, nightlife, community events

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 9

Happy Blursday. When is that Zoom drag bake sale fundraiser string quartet? We'll do our best to delineate one event from another amid the midsummer maskness.

Roryography grooves: Rory Davis' retro aerobics class gets online celebrity guests

DANCE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 9

Choreographer Rory Davis (Baloney and multiple drag shows) enjoyed a few celebrity guests one of his recent 'Roryography' dance classes, including Darren Criss and John Stamos.

Twin Peaks Tavern documentary's benefit screening July 10

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 8

A Castro district institution for decades, the historic Twin Peaks Tavern is the subject of a 2019 documentary, to be screened as an online fundraiser July 10.

SF Opera Summer Season online

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 7

Missing SF Opera's summer performances? Tune in on Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm for a 90-minute free digital broadcast showcasing the many musicians, performers, and luminaries who would have shaped our summer season.

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jul 7

Walter Mercado will make you laugh, make you surprised, make you raise an eyebrow or two. And he will bring you to tears with his sincerest wish that you have love, the "Mucho mucho amor" part of the title of the new Netflix documentary about his life.

Q-Music: Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life,' 'The Idiot' re-released

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 7

When it comes to Iggy Pop's solo work, he has yet to top the two he released in 1977: 'The Idiot' and 'Lust For Life,' each one newly reissued in expanded, double disc, deluxe editions, both produced by David Bowie.


Kent James, aka Nick Name: April 30, 1964 - July 3, 2020

LIVE MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 6

Kent James, also known as the punk-influenced rock music frontman Nick Name, died at his home in Palm Springs on July 3, 2020. The gay singer-songwriter lived in San Francisco for a few years, and performed at local nightclubs.

Take out some 'Hot Trash' with Oasis TV

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 5

Along with their weekly cavalcade of online entertainments, host D'Arcy Drollinger takes on current events in a dishy blend of 'Talk Soup' and 'Drag Race.'

Mapping the Gay Guides Project highlights historic queer spaces

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 4

A new scholarly project at Cal State Fullerton, created by Assistant Professor Eric Gonzaba, maps LGBT bars, cafes and hotels from the historic Bob Damron's Gay Guides.

Sylvester's 'Step II' rereleased, short documentary airs

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Disco icon Sylvester's 'Step II' album has been reissued, and a short online documentary tells the story of his fabulous yet too-brief career and life.

Homing's In: community, arts, nightlife online

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Midsummer mindfulness means enjoying more entertainments at home. Sorry, that's the way it is. Whether you're enjoying or avoiding fireworks, keep safe and enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online.

Q-Music: Quarantine Pride playlist

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jun 30

Brittany Howard, Tom Goss, Jake Blount, Sarah Peacock and Maxx Mann offer diverse music with their own unique queer edge.