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Transportation authority approves Castro-area street safety fixes

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Oct 20

Seeking to improve pedestrian access, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority passed a plan to improve traffic safety in the Castro/Upper Market neighborhood at its meeting October 20.

SF supervisor panel backs landmark process for Lyon-Martin house

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Oct 19

A San Francisco supervisors' panel is recommending that the full board begin the process to landmark the home where the late lesbian pioneering couple Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin lived throughout most of their 54 years together.

Former St. James ED tapped to lead LYRIC

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Oct 19

Toni Newman, the former leader of St. James Infirmary, has been selected as the new interim executive director of the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center in the Castro, according to an October 19 news release.

Election 2020: US Senate races worth careful attention as November nears

NEWS | By analysis by Lisa Keen | Oct 19

Control of the U.S. Senate is almost as important to LGBTQ people this year as who wins the White House.

Political Notes: Gay East Bay councilman new head of CA LGBTQ local leaders caucus

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Oct 19

A gay Filipino East Bay city councilman is the new head of a statewide caucus for local LGBTQ leaders, which is looking to expand its membership ranks following the November 3 election.

B.A.R. election endorsements

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Oct 16

Here are the Bay Area Reporter's election endorsements. Links go to editorials.

Biden pledges to mom of trans kid to protect LGBTQ rights: 'I will flat out change the law'

NATIONAL | By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | Oct 16

Joe Biden, asked Thursday evening during a town hall on ABC News by the mother of a transgender child how he'd reverse anti-LGBTQ policy during the Trump administration, was direct about in his plan: "I will flat out change the law."

Out in the Bay: Queer comix from prison depict incarcerated life

LATEST NEWS | By Truc Nguyen | Oct 16

Casper Cendre started writing letters to people in prison while in high school.

Future of SF Eagle in question

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Oct 15

The future of the South of Market bar the Eagle is in question as the community wonders what will happen to the leather-themed establishment following the sale of its building.


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.

Not curtains: theater companies adapt to retain audiences

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Gladstone | Oct 20

The most unusual new theater season in ages is now officially underway at Bay Area companies. From live-streamed productions to audio adaptations, new and classic plays are finding online audiences.

Equal time: History mini-series dramatizes LGBT lives

CULTURE | By Brian Bromberger | Oct 20

In honor of LGBTQ History month, HBO Max has produced a new limited four-episode docudrama series called Equal about the trailblazers and unsung heroes who fought for queer justice and equality in the pre-Stonewall era.

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.


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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.