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Alameda Dems push back pro-LGBTQ endorsement policy to Sept.

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Aug 5

Leaders of the Democratic Party in Alameda County have decided to wait a month before taking up a bylaws change that would ban endorsement for anti-LGBTQIA+ candidates seeking elective office.

Mills College alumnae rally to support lawsuit

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Aug 4

The proposed merger of financially-strapped Mills College in Oakland and Northeastern University in Boston has turned into a legal fight in which supporters of East Bay school accuse its leaders of giving up.

SF LGBTQ family agency preps for fall season

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 4

As LGBTQ families welcome the start of a new school year and wrap up summer vacations, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on their needs is preparing for the new fall season.

Political Notebook: EQCA plans 2nd California LGBTQ school issues report

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 4

A statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization is preparing an update to its groundbreaking report released two years ago that found a majority of California's public school districts were failing LGBTQ students. Its release is expected sometime in 2022.

Editorial: Bay Area mask mandate is welcome news

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Aug 4

It was only last summer when we began making and stocking up on face coverings, and yet we couldn't let them go even after getting vaccinated.

Guest Opinion: City College is excited to welcome our students back for fall semester

NEWS | By Shanell Williams and Tom Temprano | Aug 4

City College of San Francisco's students, faculty, and staff faced significant challenges during COVID-19, and the safety of our students has been at the forefront of the college's pandemic response.

Peninsula dad helps raise funds for queer youth

NEWS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Aug 4

A Peninsula father of a nonbinary child is using his business as a springboard to raise funds for a California-based agency that provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth.

News Briefs: EQCA workers form union

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Aug 4

A supermajority of workers at Equality California, the statewide LGBTQ rights organization, announced July 29 that they have formed a union, Equality Unites, with the Communications Workers of America.

Out in the World: New Zealand sets stage to ban conversion therapy

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Aug 4

New Zealand could be the next country to ban conversion therapy.


Arts & Culture

Q-Music: family jewels: Songwriting siblings, sons and daughters

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Aug 4

Sons and daughters, sisters and brothers of prominent musicians have long shared their own talents. Our music columnist offers a few new bests.

Zola: Let me call you Tweetheart

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Aug 3

Based on the tweets of Aziah "Zola" King and David Kushner's article 'Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,' the film adaptation is original, immediate, fresh and futuristic.

Truths and consequences: P.J. Vernon's 'Bath Haus'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Aug 3

In 'Bath Haus,' author P.J. Vernon's dynamic and impressively exhilarating follow-up to his debut, the 2018 psychological thriller 'When You Find Me,' he explores what happens when a cheating boyfriend meets a sexy, vendetta-driven psycho at a bathhouse.

Watch Marc Huestis' 1982 film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?' free online

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 1

Marc Huestis' eccentric and campy film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane' embodies the early 1980s of New Wave, drag queens and wild characters through the misadventures of runaway Virginia housewife. Watch it free online.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1987, a page-turner

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 29

The lengthier arts section in the October 29, 1987 B.A.R. focused on the boom in 'gay and lesbian' literary subjects and reviews, from lesbian theater history to the work of James Broughton and a then-new author, Christopher Bram.

Todd Stephens' 'Swan Song' of joy

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 28

Todd Stephens, the writer-director of the acclaimed new film 'Swan Song,' discusses the culmination of his 'Sandusky trilogy,' working with actor Udo Kier, and returning to his hometown to film the unique gay "comeback" tale of a retired hairdresser.


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50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1988's joy amid loss

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 5

Can one page sum up an entire year? The late 1980s, while still in full-on Reaganomics hell, offered bits of resistance and joy amid the continuing oppression, epidemic deaths, and discrimination.

Going Out, Homing's In, August 6-12, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 4

As more venues re-open, but more precautions become standard, let's shift back to online as well as in-person events, some new and favored, others new to be savored.

Going Out, July 30-Aug 6, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 28

As more venues re-open, more precautions become standard. Mask up, get your shots, and enjoy arts and nightlife events.

Many SF LGBTQ bars want patrons vaccinated

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 28

Revelers at Sunday's Folsom Street Market fair who wanted a drink had to show something more than an ID to the doorman at many of the bars — proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Phatima Rude memorial to be held Aug. 1 at Public Works

DRAG | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 27

Known for outrageous and unique performances, the late local drag performer Phatima Rude (Leigh Pankonin) will be remembered at a gathering on August 1 at Public Works.

B.A.R. Talks 4: That's (Adult) Entertainment, with John F. Karr & Cornelius Washington

SEX | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 25

In the fourth edition of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly online chats celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication, writers John F. Karr and Cornelius Washington will discuss the history of sexuality in the publication in an Aug. 5 online chat.