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Castro businesses demand help from SF after spate of vandalism

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Mar 4

Neighborhood merchants are reeling from the effects of lockdowns — such as an ongoing spate of window-breaking and other vandalism — even while the Castro joins the rest of San Francisco in moving into the less restrictive red tier of COVID-19 reopenings.

California not tracking COVID vaccinations in LGBTQ residents

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 3

As COVID vaccinations ramp up with a third vaccine authorized for use, community leaders and health officials across California are pushing to see that LGBTQ individuals sign up to get inoculated.

Gay restaurateur to open downtown Oakland nightclub and eatery

BUSINESS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 3

A well-known gay nightlife promoter in the East Bay who went into the restaurant business last year is opening a new nightclub and eatery in downtown Oakland.

Updated San Jose police LGBTQ policies attract praise in SF

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Mar 3

A recent San Jose Police Department training bulletin establishes procedures for law enforcement interactions with the LGBTQ community in the South Bay city and has drawn praise from counterparts in San Francisco.

Wiener, Pan introduce more expansive STD bill

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Mar 3

A bill to strengthen the sexually transmitted disease public health infrastructure of California is better than a similar effort that had initially been introduced last year, a principal co-author of the legislation told the Bay Area Reporter.

Editorial: Senate will betray LGBTQs, again

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Mar 3

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act last week, it marked the second time the lower chamber had approved the sweeping legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

News Briefs: SF 'Hearts' raise $1.6 million for hospital

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Mar 3

This year's edition of "Hearts in SF" raised more than $1.6 million for essential health care initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Out in the World: Binational gay couple reunited in San Francisco

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Mar 3

A binational couple who was separated due to the coup in Myanmar has been reunited in San Francisco.

Guest Opinion: Voting is the theme in these stories

NEWS | By M.D. Neu | Mar 3

Voting is a right and privilege that is a cornerstone of our democracy.

Arts & Culture

X marks his spot: autobiography of John Amero, porn pioneer

BOOKS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Mar 3

In his newly published memoir, 'American Exxxtasy: My 30-Year Search for a Happy Ending,' gay filmmaker Amero recalls those bygone days with wit, humor and heart.

Gold miner: Singer-songwriter Melissa Carper

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Mar 2

There's so much to recommend about 'Daddy's Country Gold,' the dazzling new album by out singer/songwriter Melissa Carper, it's hard to know where to begin. Carper's distinctive vocal style transcends a single genre description.

Sri Lanka queer drama: Shyam Selvadurai & Deepa Mehta's 'Funny Boy'

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Mar 2

Set in Colombo, Sri Lanka during the mid-1970s and early 1980s, 'Funny Boy,' based on Shyam Selvadurai's acclaimed novel, is timely for a variety of reasons.

Black queer experience in academia: Brandon Taylor's 'Real Life'

BOOKS | By Brian Bromberger | Mar 2

Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Brandon Taylor's 'Real Life' is a reimagined campus novel from a fresh perspective, a gay African-American graduate student.

Saints & Sinners literary fest's online in March

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 28

With an entire literary festival, from readings to panels, all online, the 18th annual Saints & Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival, usually held in New Orleans, returns with a robust roster on March 11-14.

Two photo books offer new and historic views on LGBT people

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 28

Two photo books, one new, the other re-issued decades after first being published, show stark differences, and similarities, in the depiction of their subjects.


Oasis 12-hour telethon surpasses $250,000 goal

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Mar 7

In what will undoubtedly be recalled as the biggest drag fundraiser in local history, Oasis nightclub's 12-hour three-camera marathon telethon more than doubled the initial goal by raising more than $253,000 through the club's March 6 online telethon.

Big Top Brunch at Beaux

BARS | Mar 2

Beaux's Sunday Big Top Brunch entertained outdoor patrons on Feb. 28 as glam drag performers strutted their lip-synching stuff, and photographer Steven Underhill caught some fun moments.

Oasis telethon to feature dozens of talents

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 24

Despite a year of providing entertainment through the pandemic, the drag-focused nightclub Oasis still needs fan support to remain open. So owner D'Arcy Drollinger will host a 12-hour telethon with dozens of performers on March 6.

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.

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.

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.'