06 July 2020
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Quilt panels displayed as AIDS 2020 opens

LATEST NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Jul 6

The 23rd International AIDS Conference opened Monday, July 6, with welcoming remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

Man arrested after slipping through the system following alleged Castro assaults

LATEST NEWS | By Sari Staver | Jul 2

A man accused of assaulting and harassing people in the Castro was arrested on unrelated charges June 28, stemming from an alleged attack on a family in the city.

Political Notebook: HIV aging given prime spot at AIDS confab

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 1

At the last two global AIDS conferences, hosted in Amsterdam in 2018 and Durban, South Africa in 2016, long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS who attended noticed a glaring omission in the programs: themselves.

Local gym owners adjust business plans

BUSINESS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 1

Since shelter-in-place orders imposed in mid-March caused her to close her gym location in Oakland, The Queer Gym owner Nathalie Huerta and her employees have continued to offer their training programs virtually.

Transmissions: Water in the desert

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Jul 1

Netflix recently released "Disclosure," a documentary created by Sam Feder, Amy Scholder, and Laverne Cox.

LGBTQ experts help in South Bay COVID-19 response

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jul 1

While it is now scaling back reopening plans in light of an uptick in infections, Santa Clara County has been ahead of the curve for the novel coronavirus since the pandemic broke out in the United States in early March.

Polish LGBTs' future at stake in runoff presidential election

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jul 1

Poland's anti-gay right-wing president, Andrzej Duda, was forced into a runoff election against his pro-LGBT liberal opponent, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.

Vigil held for Harry Britt

NEWS | By BAR staff | Jul 1

People paid tribute to Harry Britt, a gay man who succeeded Harvey Milk on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and who died June 24.

Guest Opinion: Recalling Harry Britt and the AIDS vigil

NEWS | By Ellen R. Shaffer | Jul 1

The 1980s were an increasingly awful decade in California.

Arts & Culture

Kent James, aka Nick Name: April 30, 1964 - July 3, 2020

LIVE MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 6

Kent James, also known as the punk-influence rock music frontman Nick Name, died at his home in Palm Springs on July 3, 2020. The gay singer-songwriter lived in San Francisco for a few years, and performed at local nightclubs.

Sylvester's 'Step II' rereleased, short documentary airs

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Disco icon Sylvester's 'Step II' album has been reissued, and a short online documentary tells the story of his fabulous yet too-brief career and life.

Frameline44 screens AIDS-themed films online

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Although its hit mini-festival is over, Frameline continues to screen ticketed and free films online, including a series of narrative documentary and short films about AIDS.

U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts resolution calling for longterm aide to arts organizations

CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 1

The United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution urging Congress to provide long-term arts and culture relief funding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Noah's Arc' returns, comic corrections: The Lavender Tube's animated discussion on representation

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jun 30

Black Lives Mattered in recent broadcasts, and casting decisions in animated series; plus, the popular 'Noah's Arc' will enjoy a new episode and online cast reunion.

Q-Music: Quarantine Pride playlist

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jun 30

Brittany Howard, Tom Goss, Jake Blount, Sarah Peacock and Maxx Mann offer diverse music with their own unique queer edge.


Homing's In: community, arts, nightlife online

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Midsummer mindfulness means enjoying more entertainments at home. Sorry, that's the way it is. Whether you're enjoying or avoiding fireworks, keep safe and enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online.

Here is what I have learned: Leather columnist bids adieu

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Jun 30

It is bittersweet that I am announcing I will no longer be writing this column. The legacy of this column is something I have tried to honor by elevating discourse about LGBTQ adventurous sex and the cultures and relationships they spawn.

Dash, gay noir graphic novel's fundraiser

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jun 29

We love comics, specifically gay ones. So when Northwest Press announced its fundraiser for a new graphic novel, we had to spread the news.

Global Pride 2020 features 100+ performers, host Todrick Hall

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Jun 26

Pride organizations of the world will celebrate Global Pride 2020. Todrick Hall will host the June 27 24-hour livestream Pride event featuring Adam Lambert, Pussy Riot, Big Freedia, Village People, Courtney Act, and many more.

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, others support Pride Lives' virtual Stonewall Day

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jun 26

Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ community, held its third annual Stonewall Day, with pop star and presidents joining in.

Out, loud and proud: an interview with SONiA

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jun 24

Baltimore native, out musician, activist, and even a bit of a mystic, Sonia Rutstein, better known to her fans and followers as SONiA of disappear fear, has a musical gift for everyone, her new 12-song CD compilation "Love Out Loud."