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With a mayoral eye on equity, Gloria looks to transform San Diego

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 24

In the antechamber to his mayoral suite on the 11th floor of City Hall, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria has hung black-and-white portraits of three decea

Mission Station gets 1st female captain

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Feb 24

The San Francisco Police Department's Mission Station, which also covers much of the Castro and Noe Valley, has a new head in Captain Rachel Moran.

Political Notebook: Amid lawsuit and recall threat, SF school board postpones renaming sites

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 24

Amid threats of a lawsuit and to recall three of its members, San Francisco's school board is postponing its plan to rename 44 school sites whose namesakes have been accused of taking racist actions against various peoples of color.

Presence of cremains may impact Lyon-Martin House landmark request

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 24

Due to the cremains of lesbian pioneering couple Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin being interred where they lived in Noe Valley, historians are calling on City Hall to landmark the entire property.

Editorial: More frontline workers need the shots

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Feb 24

While the COVID-19 vaccine rollout remains uneven in California, it's a relief that most people over the age of 65 can now make an appointment — that is if sites have the vaccine and are open.

Haney's office hopeful nightlife fund can start in March

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Feb 24

Now that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney's Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund, his legislative aide is hopeful that beleaguered venues can start getting help next month.

News Briefs: LGBTQ groups to receive COVID grants

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Feb 24

At least two LGBTQ organizations are in line to receive a portion of $17.3 million in grants to help communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Guest Opinion: Preston should listen to research, not insult researchers

NEWS | By David Broockman | Feb 24

Last month, I asked my representative on the Board of Supervisors, Dean Preston, to make it easier to build new housing in our city.

Out in the World: Inter-American tribunal finds Jamaica in violation of international law

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Feb 24

Jamaica is known as the "most homophobic place on earth," but that might soon begin to change, much to the excitement of LGBTQ advocates and queer Jamaicans who hope the Caribbean country will truly become "one love."

Arts & Culture

Bay Area Reporter announces its historic 50th anniversary edition

BESTIES | By Advertising Department | Feb 24

America's longest continuously-published and highest weekly circulation LGBTQ newspaper will celebrate its historic 50th anniversary edition to be published on April 1. Advertising space reservations for this special issue are now being accepted.

All-male, reviewed: Brontez Purnell's '100 Boyfriends'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Feb 23

In Brontez Purnell's deliciously voyeuristic collection of salacious vignettes, we are drenched in the sights, smells, sounds, and hedonistic delights of orgasmic connection.

Soul, Sin, Secrets & Scots: The Lavender Tube on new Black and gay series, and men in kilts

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Feb 23

'Soul of a Nation' explores Black stories, 'It's a Sin' sears with '80s UK gay and AIDS stories, plus 'Tell Me Your Secrets' and 'Men in Kilts' tempt your television time.

Bill Eld's posthumous porn paean

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 23

"Big" Bill Eld, one of gay cinema's first porn stars, didn't last long in the business, as director Toby Ross recounts in his ruminative odd 'docudrama.'

Ramadan rom-com: 'Breaking Fast's L.A. love story

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Feb 23

In Mike Mosallam's affectionate Ramadan rom-com 'Breaking Fast,' Mo (out actor Haaz Sleiman) is a devout, disciplined Muslim doctor who has reconciled his religious dedication with his queer sexuality.

'Gay Grampas' book published

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 21

In the tradition of 'Heather Has Two Mommies,' the first children's book featuring gay grandparents lovingly showcases extended family.


Folsom fair group to open sex-positive space

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Feb 24

The nonprofit that oversees the Folsom Street Fair will soon open a sex-positive space in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

Homing's In  Feb 19-28, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 18

Sometime it feels like being the DJ on the Titanic II, part desperate distraction, part solemn duty, working to bring you entertainments and the strange dispiriting online version of community. Sometimes it doesn't.

All hail the kings: drag show's Zoomin'

THEATER | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 16

Names like Mo B. Dick and Sexy Galexy will grace your computer screens when Drag King Legends takes to Zoom on Feb. 21 at 5pm. Kings with 25 years or more experience will be honored in a show that promises to be informative, exciting, and entertaining.

What drives desire - 'Kink: Stories' anthology explores sexuality

BOOKS | By Mark William Norby | Feb 16

'Kink: Stories,' edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, is an anthology of 14 blazing, vivid stories that come together and make up a collection that plunges into different definitions of the multi-layered discipline of intimacy.

Daytime nightlife in the Castro


Castro nightlife is back, sort of, including brunch drag shows outside The Edge bar.

New music from LGBT artists

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 14

Shuttered at home, musicians are producing new songs in abundance, including local artists and longtime favorites. Also, we honor a singer-songwriter lost too soon.