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Transmissions: A chance at healing

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Jan 27

A decade ago, I had a rare opportunity. Rushed onto a flight in the middle of the week, I made my way to Washington, D.C. I had been asked, quite at the last moment, to go to the White House to discuss transgender issues.

Editorial: Biden keeps promise with trans ban repeal

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jan 27

It may be premature to declare President Joe Biden's executive order repealing former President Donald Trump's odious transgender military ban a "victory," as some news outlets have reported

News Briefs: Two-spirit powwow goes virtual for 10th event

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 27

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits will celebrate its 10th annual powwow with a week of virtual events, allowing many more people to help commemorate the milestone.

Bathhouses, Eagle landmark could boost SOMA LGBTQ district

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 27

The giant leather pride flag that flew over the nearly finished Eagle Plaza in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood was so frayed by the wind that it was quietly removed late last year.

Lee Mentley, 'Princess of Castro Street,' dies

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 27

Lee Mentley, the self-described "Princess of Castro Street," died January 20 at his home in Sonora, California. He was 72.

Letters to the editor

NEWS | By BAR staff | Jan 27

This week's letters to the editor.

California bill aims to improve services for HIV+ seniors

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 26

California state Senator John Laird is authoring a bill aimed at improving the social services HIV-positive seniors can access.

San Francisco tells gay bathhouses, "Welcome back!"

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 25

For the first time in nearly four decades operators of traditional gay bathhouses can once again seek permits to open in San Francisco.

Gay SF firefighter sues city for racial, sexual orientation discrimination

LEGAL | By John Ferrannini | Jan 25

A gay Black San Francisco firefighter is suing the city, alleging discrimination against him on account of his race and sexual orientation.

Arts & Culture

Q-Music: new sounds from Mary J. Blige, Pamela Means, Tami Neilson and more

ARTS EVENTS | By Gregg Shapiro | Jan 27

'Chickaboom!, the 2020 album by Tami Neilson, the self-described "hot rockin' lady of country, rockabilly and soul," Reigning queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige's new remixes and other women musicians are bringing new and classic sounds.

We need a heroine or three: The Lavender Tube on LGBT TV characters, the new Batwoman and more

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jan 26

GLAAD's report on LGBT representation on TV shows isn't great news, but some show's new seasons bring us a bi Batwoman, Zoey's singing gay pals and Dan Levy hosting 'SNL.'

Pulling at heartstrings: 'Violins of Hope' live at Kohl Mansion

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Jan 26

The touring concert 'Violins of Hope' brought a collection of instruments retrieved and restored from the Holocaust, to Northern California a year ago. One of the most memorable concerts in the triumphant tour is now available as a download and CD.

Mutual attraction: Jack Halberstam's 'Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Jan 26

Noted radical social thinker and Columbia gender studies professor Jack Halberstam's reputation precedes him, and his new creative exploration of desire reinforces his thought process behind how human sexuality becomes attracted to everything "wild."

'Supernova' - the stars align in Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci's gay film

ARTS EVENTS | By Gregg Shapiro | Jan 26

Straight Colin Firth is playing gay again, in Harry Macqueen's 'Supernova,' and given his empathetic role, with Stanley Tucci as his husband, this time could potentially snag his second Oscar.

Brazil's LGBT refugees tell their stories in the short film 'Hazte Sentir'

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 24

The short film 'Hazte Sentir (Make Yourself Heard)' documents a moment in the lives of LGBT refugees in Manaus, the largest city in Brazil's Amazonas state. Cineola and Frameline share the collaborative film free online.


San Francisco supervisor panel backs request to landmark gay-owned Eagle bar

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 25

The members of a San Francisco supervisors' panel are recommending that their colleagues start the process to landmark a gay-owned bar in the city's South of Market district.

Homing's In Jan. 22-31, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 21

Celebrate the winter of our new content; arts, nightlife and community events to amuse, perplex and enrich your days and nights.

Decision on Folsom, Dore Alley street fairs expected soon

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jan 20

A decision on whether the two South of Market leather-themed street fairs will proceed in person in 2021 will be made following a meeting next week between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Folsom Street Events.

Homing's In: Jan. 15-24, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 14

Inaugurate your new year with arts, nightlife and community events online, or go outside to stroll/roll through a park. you deserve it.

Queer bars' extraordinary fund list

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 10

Despite our astoundingly difficult times, fans and patrons of LGBTQ Bay Area bars and nightclubs were extraordinarily generous to multiple fundraising efforts in 2020, donating nearly $400,000. You can still donate to help your favorite venues survive.

Homing's In: Jan 8-17, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 7

Amid tumultuous terrifying times, find relief, get informed, or just amused for a while, with arts, nightlife and community events.