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Wiener fights back against QAnon conspiracies over sex offender registry bill

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Aug 13

State Senator Scott Wiener held a news conference with other public officials and nonprofit leaders August 13 to clarify what his sex offender registry bill would do in the face of alleged attacks from adherents of QAnon conspiracy theories.

Gay Fremont mayoral candidate clarifies he is not yet a lawyer

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 13

In 2018, when Justin Sha sought a Fremont City Council seat, his ballot designation told voters he was an "entrepreneur/law clerk." Yet having graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law that year, Sha also claimed to be a lawyer.

Editorial: B.A.R. ballot measure endorsements

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Aug 12

Here are the Bay Area Reporter's recommendations for the California propositions on the November 3 ballot.

Rio Nido couple allege anti-gay harassment from neighbor

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Aug 12

A Sonoma County gay couple allege that a man in their neighborhood has waged a campaign of homophobic harassment against them, and has continued even after they received temporary restraining orders against him.

Squatters take over Egg's former home

NEWS | By Ed Walsh | Aug 12

On the two-year anniversary of the gruesome killing of Brian Egg, the case remains unsolved and neighbors are expressing a growing concern over squatters they say have taken over the South of Market house where the 65-year-old gay man had lived.

Political Notebook: Few out women on SF fall ballot

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 12

The number of out women in elected municipal positions in San Francisco has no chance of increasing this year, as it appears only one female LGBTQ candidate filed to run for a local race this fall.

Business Briefs: SF pet care provider pivots focus

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 12

San Francisco native Eric Curry always had a fondness for animals. At age 9 Curry found a cat lying in the middle of the road not far from his parents home and asked his father if he could keep it.

Strut adds services geared toward women

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Aug 12

Magnet, the sexual health clinic located at the Strut community health center in the Castro, has quietly rolled out services to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Warsaw police detain LGBTQ demonstrators in Poland

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Aug 12

Warsaw police clashed with — and arrested — Polish LGBTQ and ally demonstrators last weekend.

Arts & Culture

Begin Again:  James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

BOOKS | By Tim Pfaff | Aug 13

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s new book about James Baldwin -and what it meant to be an African-American and gay writer- joins a shelf of books whose timings is perfect.

Q-music Burnin' down the House music

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Aug 13

For those unable to get to their workouts at the gym or favorite dance club because they've been shut down again after reopening too soon, here are some new releases sure to get your heart rate up and your body moving. Play them loud.

Quack act: Shotgun Players find silver linings in taking theater online

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Aug 11

Medical ethics, journalistic practices, gender politics, body shaming, cancel culture and internet bullying are all on the table in 'Quack,' Eliza Clark's corrosive comedy-drama, now being mounted live-on-Zoom by Berkeley's Shotgun Players.

Lockdown Comedy: Stand-Up in the Age of Covid

THEATER | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Aug 11

On third Thursdays, Lisa Geduldig brings us Lockdown Comedy, shows, online via Zoom. This month's show takes place on August 20 and promises to offer lots of laughs. The line-up includes the host's mom, at a senior home in Florida.

Terror, time travel & tentacles; the Lavender Tube on scifi and horror TV series

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Aug 11

'Umbrella Academy's' season two includes gay and lesbian longing, 'Lovecraft Country' inhabits a creepy inherited mansion that leads to frightening netherworld amid real racist horrors, and 'NOS4A2' blends supernatural limos and vampire kiddies.

Armistead Maupin and Ian McKellen share an online conversation Aug. 12

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 8

Since moving to London with his husband Chris Turner, Bay Area fans of best-selling 'Tales of the City' author Armistead Maupin have missed his local appearances. On August 12, he'll discuss his life and writing with his friend, actor Sir Ian McKellen.


Oasis reopens rooftop bar Aug. 14

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 11

Good news for nightlife fans. Oasis, the popular SoMa nightclub, announced plans to re-open its rooftop bar on August 14, with proper social distancing rules in effect Fridays through Sundays.

Who's Your Mami Comedy returns with host Marga Gomez, headliner Laurie Kilmartin

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 10

Marga Gomez returns to host the hit comedy series, Who's Your Mami Comedy. This time it's online, with headliner Laurie Kilmartin, pluis Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Suni Reyes, Dominique Gelin, and Jesús U. BettaWork.

Homing's In: arts, nightlife, community events Aug 6-14

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 6

Music, comedy, theatre and community forums will get you through the next week of our collective endurance. Mask and ye shall receive.

Drag performers launch 2020 get out the vote effort

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 6

Two San Francisco drag performers have joined an effort to promote participation in the fall elections, where control of the White House and U.S. Senate are up for grabs and countless local elections will be taking place across the country.

Crescendo, SF Gay Men's Chorus gala, to include special guests

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 3

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' annual Crescendo gala goes online with honors to singer-actor Billy Porter, activist Ariadne Getty, and special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Alex Newell, Wilson Cruz, and more.

Tituss Burgess says, 'Dance, M.F.'

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 2

You loved him in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ("Peenooooo Noir!") and other shows. Tituss Burgess' newest song, "Dance, M.F.," speaks to us now about letting our inhibitions down in a time of crisis.