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Federal government: Insurance must now cover PrEP costs

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 21

The Biden administration is directing insurance companies to offer PrEP without copays or deductibles.

Former B.A.R. publisher Horn fêted at French ceremony

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jul 21

Foreign diplomats, state, and local officials were on hand July 19 as former B.A.R. publisher Thomas E. Horn formally received France's National Order of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony in the Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial Building.

Castro overdose deaths alarm leaders

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 21

In the days before Pride weekend, gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman posted a stark warning on his Facebook page.

Jock Talk: Here come the Summer Olympics

NEWS | By Roger Brigham | Jul 21

There's something decidedly queer about the Summer Olympic Games set to open in Tokyo this weekend, and it has little to do with the record number of openly LGBTQ athletes who will be competing.

Editorial: Politicians delay while overdoses soar

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jul 21

It seems like some legislators in Sacramento do not realize or do not want to acknowledge the severity of the drug overdose crisis in cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles.

Guest Opinion: Why I oppose recall of DA Chesa Boudin

NEWS | By Bevan Dufty | Jul 21

In just about seven weeks, Californians will head back to the polls to vote whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom.

3 queer women bring Black Panther Party museum and mural to life in Oakland

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jul 21

A year after 2020's racial reckoning, three queer women responded by bringing healing and pride that is radiating from a West Oakland house.

Out in the World: EU and IACHR bodies make groundbreaking LGBTQ decisions

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jul 21

Two regional bodies in Europe and the Americas issued groundbreaking rulings this summer.

Letters to the editor

NEWS | By BAR staff | Jul 21

This week's letter writers opine more on the rainbow flag in the Castro and Caitlyn Jenner's surprise trip to Australia.

Arts & Culture

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

THEATER | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jul 20

Oasis hosts Michael Phillis' new drag parody show, 'The Hand That Rocks the Crawford,' starring Matthew Martin as Joan Crawford in a mash-up of femme fatale '90s classic films.

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 20

Is there anything gay performer and Texas-native Todrick Hall can't do? He sings. He dances. He writes songs. He acts on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He's also an outspoken activist, and discusses his new album, 'Femuline.'

Guilt vibration: Mark Wahlberg in 'Joe Bell,' a well-intentioned but unsteady melodrama

MOVIES | By Brian Bromberger | Jul 20

In many ways, the new film 'Joe Bell' is Hollywood do-goodism at its worst. We're to view homophobia through the angst of a guilt-ridden parent in a shallow lopsided perspective that winds up becoming an elongated PSA.

The absence of doubt: Michael Lowenthal's dynamic 'Sex with Strangers'

BOOKS | By Mark William Norby | Jul 20

In Michael Lowenthal's fifth book, Sex with Strangers, the writer steps out of the novel and delivers a fiery collection of eight stories coursing through queer and straight lives.

Eva Noblezada: Broadway star brings 'Flower Power' to Feinstein's

MUSIC | By Jim Gladstone | Jul 20

Something new is in store for the genteel cabaret audiences that frequent Feinstein's at the Nikko. On July 28-31, two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada will premiere a brand new solo set at the club ... and she'll be pole dancing.

Dekkoo sponsors short film competition

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 18

Whether you're a first-time filmmaker or an accomplished professional, Dekkoo, the LGBTQ movie streaming website, seeks short films, ten minutes or less, with the theme of 'Happy Endings.'


50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

BARCHIVE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 22

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.

San Francisco LeatherWalk to return, as city plans leather elements along Folsom Street

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 19

The San Francisco LeatherWalk will return this fall after being on hiatus for several years. The event, with a new route, will help to kick off Leather Week in late September.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1985, Lovin' la leather, Bare Chests galore

LEATHER-KINK | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 15

If you think we're focusing on Mr. Marcus' May 23 1985 Leather column just to show off a photo of handsome Bare Chest Calendar contestant Paul John Gillespie, you're right. But there's a bit of historic irony to also observe.

Lillias White: 'Happy' to be here

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Gladstone | Jul 13

There will be much to celebrate with Broadway star Lillias White when she makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in a two-night engagement beginning Friday, July 23. The very same day will see the release of White's new album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!'

Mary Gauthier: Saved by a songwriter

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 13

Anyone familiar with the brilliant songs of lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier won't be at all surprised to learn that she also has a gift for writing prose, as shown in her first book, 'Saved By A Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting.'

Around the World With Lockdown Comedy

THEATER | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jul 12

Lisa Geduldig's monthly online comedy show Lockdown Comedy celebrates its one-year anniversary on July 15 with a rollicking night of comics from around the world: Marga Gomez, Jim Short, Shazia Mirza, oh, and Lisa's mom.