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Updated San Jose police LGBTQ policies attract praise in SF

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Mar 3

A recent San Jose Police Department training bulletin establishes procedures for law enforcement interactions with the LGBTQ community in the South Bay city and has drawn praise from counterparts in San Francisco.

Wiener, Pan introduce more expansive STD bill

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Mar 3

A bill to strengthen the sexually transmitted disease public health infrastructure of California is better than a similar effort that had initially been introduced last year, a principal co-author of the legislation told the Bay Area Reporter.

Editorial: Senate will betray LGBTQs, again

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Mar 3

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act last week, it marked the second time the lower chamber had approved the sweeping legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

News Briefs: SF 'Hearts' raise $1.6 million for hospital

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Mar 3

This year's edition of "Hearts in SF" raised more than $1.6 million for essential health care initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Obituaries: Leanne Martin

NEWS | By BAR staff | Mar 3

The obituary for Leanne Martin.

Guest Opinion: Voting is the theme in these stories

NEWS | By M.D. Neu | Mar 3

Voting is a right and privilege that is a cornerstone of our democracy.

Obituaries: Gary King

NEWS | By BAR staff | Mar 3

The obituary for Gary King.

Political Notebook: SF supervisors seat trio of straight preservation body members

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 2

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has seated three straight members on the Historic Preservation Commission, leaving it for the time being without anyone from the LGBTQ community.

3rd COVID vaccine begins shipping out

HEALTH | By Liz Highleyman | Mar 2

Distribution of a third vaccine to combat COVID-19 has begun across the country, following federal authorization last week.

Arts & Culture

Gold miner: Singer-songwriter Melissa Carper

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Mar 2

There's so much to recommend about 'Daddy's Country Gold,' the dazzling new album by out singer/songwriter Melissa Carper, it's hard to know where to begin. Carper's distinctive vocal style transcends a single genre description.

Saints & Sinners literary fest's online in March

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 28

With an entire literary festival, from readings to panels, all online, the 18th annual Saints & Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival, usually held in New Orleans, returns with a robust roster on March 11-14.

Two photo books offer new and historic views on LGBT people

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 28

Two photo books, one new, the other re-issued decades after first being published, show stark differences, and similarities, in the depiction of their subjects.

Bay Area Reporter announces its historic 50th anniversary edition

BESTIES | By Advertising Department | Feb 26

America's longest continuously-published and highest weekly circulation LGBTQ newspaper will celebrate its historic 50th anniversary edition to be published on April 1. Advertising space reservations for this special issue are now being accepted.

Homing's In  Feb 26-March 5, 2021

CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 25

Step into the wonderful world of online arts, nightlife and community events. Take yourself to church, dance along with pros and gogos, or sing along to Broadway stars.

Soul, Sin, Secrets & Scots: The Lavender Tube on new Black and gay series, and men in kilts

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Feb 23

'Soul of a Nation' explores Black stories, 'It's a Sin' sears with '80s UK gay and AIDS stories, plus 'Tell Me Your Secrets' and 'Men in Kilts' tempt your television time.


Big Top Brunch at Beaux

BARS | Mar 2

Beaux's Sunday Big Top Brunch entertained outdoor patrons on Feb. 28 as glam drag performers strutted their lip-synching stuff, and photographer Steven Underhill caught some fun moments.

Oasis telethon to feature dozens of talents

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 24

Despite a year of providing entertainment through the pandemic, the drag-focused nightclub Oasis still needs fan support to remain open. So owner D'Arcy Drollinger will host a 12-hour telethon with dozens of performers on March 6.

Haney's office hopeful nightlife fund can start in March

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Feb 24

Now that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney's Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund, his legislative aide is hopeful that beleaguered venues can start getting help next month.

Folsom fair group to open sex-positive space

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Feb 24

The nonprofit that oversees the Folsom Street Fair will soon open a sex-positive space in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

Bill Eld's posthumous porn paean

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 23

"Big" Bill Eld, one of gay cinema's first porn stars, didn't last long in the business, as director Toby Ross recounts in his ruminative odd 'docudrama.'

Homing's In  Feb 19-28, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Feb 18

Sometime it feels like being the DJ on the Titanic II, part desperate distraction, part solemn duty, working to bring you entertainments and the strange dispiriting online version of community. Sometimes it doesn't.