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Political Notes: SF launches last minute 2020 census push

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 24

With the U.S. Census Bureau planning to wrap up its efforts on the 2020 count Thursday, September 30, San Francisco officials are making a last minute push to see that every resident of the city is counted.

Editorial: Vote yes on all SF props

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Sep 23

We often find at least some San Francisco props worth rejecting, but not this year.

Employment, health care round out CA ballot props

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Sep 23

Employment issues, health care, and consumer privacy are represented by statewide ballot measures that voters will decide in November.

Mourning Justice Ginsburg

NEWS | By BAR staff | Sep 23

Hundreds of people turned out in the Castro Friday, September 18, to mourn the death of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

SF leather district plans historical sidewalk markers

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 23

At one point in time there were at least 50 businesses catering to the leather and LGBTQ community located in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

Out candidates vie to lead East Bay transit agency

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 23

Four out candidates are running this year to join the board of the AC Transit regional transit system that runs buses in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Standing for SF Principles

NEWS | By BAR staff | Sep 23

Authors of the SF Principles gathered last week to unveil their paper calling on long-term survivors to be included in all facets of HIV/AIDS policymaking, research, and planning.

Transmissions: JK Rowling and the outdated, dangerous trope

COMMENTARY | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Sep 23

Over the last few months, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling as devolved from a beloved children's author to the trans equivalent of reviled anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant.

Report details LGBTQ Iranians' violent experiences

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Sep 23

LGBTQ Iranians face widespread violence, according to a new report critical of the Islamic country's human rights record that renew attention to its violence against gays, including executions of gay men.

Arts & Culture

Show Timing: The Lavender Tube on the 'pand-Emmys,' Ellen and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Sep 22

The 'pand-Emmys' include 'Schitt's Creek' and 'Watchmn' sweeps, Ellen DeGeneres address her show's backstage drama, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is remembered.

The Aggie and the ecstasy: an interview with filmmaker Catherine Gund

ART | By Gregg Shapiro | Sep 22

Lesbian documentary filmmaker Catherine Gund has an exceptional eye for subject matter when it comes to her movie projects. The subject of her new doc 'Aggie' is about her mother; art collector-philanthropist Agnes Gund.

Fashion on film: 'House of Cardin' directors P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes

MOVIES | By Cornelius Washington | Sep 22

The fashion documentary of 2020 is here. At 98 years old, Pierre Cardin still has the magic, as does the film about his incredible life and 70-year career, House of Cardin.

Friday night frights: 'The Bright Lands' by John Fram

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Sep 22

Set in his home state, Texas-born writer John Fram's distinctive debut novel examines the dark occurrences circling around the small hamlet of Bentley.

The Noël Coward Foundation's 'Marvellous Party'

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 20

In an online fundraiser for two nonprofits, dozens of acclaimed actors and musicians perform intimate excerpts from the gay playwright/composer/author's plays, songs, poems and essays.

B.A.R. launches memberships

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Sep 18

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.


Cho to headline virtual Folsom fair

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Sep 23

The answer is always "no" if you don't ask — but because Folsom Street Events took the plunge, Margaret Cho will host this year's eponymous street fair.

Juanita MORE!'s charity event gets groovy

DRAG | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 20

What? You missed San Francisco drag icon and DJ Juanita MORE! and her lip-synch DJ event fundraiser? Never fear. It's still here, online, of course.

Lone Star Saloon offers '500 Club' membership fundraiser

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 20

As we endure the pandemic, many local businesses have not been able to re-open. Some are innovating with unusual ways to find support. For the popular South of Market bear bar, it's a new membership club, which includes a handmade gift and other perks.

Homing's In: nightlife, arts & community events Sept. 17-26

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 17

Danceable, musical, literary and filmic fun fills your interwebs with continued hope, healing and hum-dingin' fun. Zoom in, log on, click away.

SF LGBTQ bar El Rio awarded HRC, Showtime grant

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 15

The queer-owned bar El Rio in San Francisco's Mission district is receiving financial help from the cable network Showtime and national LGBTQ advocacy organization the Human Rights Campaign to keep its doors open.

A weekend in the Castro: businesses, re-opened

DAYTIME | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 14

Visitors to the Castro district on Sunday Sept. 13 enjoyed outdoor dining, drinks and shopping at local stores. Safety and health precautions were heeded as patrons enjoyed themselves while supporting local businesses.