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Political Notebook: Gay South Bay natives seek city council seats

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Oct 21

Two gay men who grew up in the South Bay are aiming to make LGBTQ political history in their respective cities come the November 3 election. Either would be the first out male city council person in their hometowns.

Editorial: Safety first for COVID vaccine

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Oct 21

This week California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he had created a scientific safety review workgroup to advise the state on COVID-19 vaccines.

Guest Opinion: A case for lifting the veil on queer history

NEWS | By Jerald Crook | Oct 21

I first encountered the Invisible Histories Project through its director of research and development Maigen Sullivan.

LGBTQ History Month: SF house includes Joplin, Log Cabin Republicans in its history

HISTORY | By John Ferrannini | Oct 21

The day Peggy Caserta took acid for the first time changed her life — and that of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood — forever.

Experts discuss mental health during town hall

NEWS | By Ed Walsh | Oct 21

California state Senator Scott Wiener hosted an hourlong virtual town hall meeting October 20, focused on problems related to mental health and substance use, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breast Cancer Action slams mainstream advocates

NEWS | By Sari Staver | Oct 21

San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Action has launched its annual awareness campaign and has a new interim ED.

For students in the South, this teacher listened

BOOKS | By Brian Bromberger | Oct 21

With its predominantly conservative politics, the South has never been a leader or promoter of LGBTQ rights. So it would come as no surprise that being a queer teacher in this often-homophobic region would be a challenge.

Pacific Center searching for new ED after turnover

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Oct 21

The Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley — the oldest LGBTQ community center in the Bay Area and in California, and the third oldest in the United States — is looking for a new executive director after experiencing turnover in that position.

Transmissions: The TransGriot has passed

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Oct 21

On October 5, Monica Roberts died at home in Houston.

Arts & Culture

Eye-opener: an interview with queer singer-songwriter H.C. McEntire

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Oct 20

On her exceptional second album 'Eno Axis,' the North Carolina-based H.C. McEntire expands on the promise of her first record, delivering ten breathtaking songs on one of the best albums of 2020.

A boo-quet of scary movies: Screen Savor's take on 'Spiral,' 'Rent-A-Pal,' 'Followed' and the Dragula crew

ARTS EVENTS | By Gregg Shapiro | Oct 20

Three new horror films borrow known tropes with varying results. In 'Spiral,' a gay protagonist couple faces off with some creepy neighbors; also, 'Rent-A-Pal,' 'Followed,' and The Boulet Brothers' 'Dragula: Resurrection' are reviewed.

Deafness, disasters and difference: The Lavender Tube on 'Deaf U.', 'COBRA,' and 'First Day'

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Oct 20

Nyle DiMarco's new show gives Gallaudet students a deaf reality show, COBRA's futuristic disaster series chills, and 'First Day' introduces a trans teenager to high school life.

Dash-ing fun: gay noir comic released

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 19

'Dash,' the new noir-themed graphic novel from Northwest Press, blends classic mystery intrigue with a modern queer style.

When GAY was good: Pioneering weekly magazine covered community and arts scene

CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 17

Two years before the Bay Area Reporter premiered, the New York City-based GAY covered politics, arts, civil rights and sexuality with a bold and groovy style. The complete issue collection from 1969 to 1974 is online.

Homing's In Oct. 15-24

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 16

Mid-October, fall is ripe for surprises and scares. But you can still enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online, with several bars, museums and venues cautiously re-opening, too.


Fabulous at 50: celebrating the history of the Imperial Council

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Oct 13

50 Years of Fabulous, Jethro Patalinghug's stirring documentary about the half-century history of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, shows the past five decades of the council's growth and glamorous moments, including founder José Sarria.

Rediscovering 'Mother Camp' - Esther Newton, Skip Arnold and drag anthropology in the 1960s

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | Oct 13

Skip Arnold's historic drag act became one of many fascinating anthropological subjects by scholar Esther Newton, whose groundbreaking dissertation, once ignored, has found new readers.

Kyle Motsinger: gay singer-songwriter discusses his second album

MUSIC | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Oct 13

With references to the TV show 'Dark Shadows,' Kyle Motsinger's musical stylings range from playful goth to inspiring pop in 'Any Way I Want It To,' his just-released second album.

Terrorgrams: Peaches Christ & crew's 'Screaming Telegrams' bring door-to-door scary delights

THEATER | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 9

Get some creepy clowns and ghoulish gals delivered to your door, or a ghoul-friend's, with the new Screaming Telegrams service.

Homing's In: arts, nightlife, community events Oct. 8-18

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 8

Time flies when you're having fun, even when you're not. But do make time for arts, community and nightlife events, whether from your phone, computer, or in a few cases, in person (Gasp!).

Q-Music: Fall into LGBTQ+ tunes

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Oct 6

Listen up for new music from Maria McKee, Evangeline Gentle, Kim David Smith, Rachel Garlin, Bonnie Whitmore and other LGBTQ+ musicians.