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LGBTQ Agenda: New Gay Liberation Front criticized for stances on trans rights

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Sep 21

The New Gay Liberation Front group is not the same as the old historic group that formed after Stonewall — it's being criticized for pitting some segments of the LGBTQ community against others.

SF arts panel backs latest Harvey Milk Plaza design

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 20

Nearly three years after it first weighed in on the proposal to revamp Harvey Milk Plaza, a panel of local art experts has given its support to the latest design for the public parklet in the city's LGBTQ Castro district.

Episcopal bishop and LGBTQ ally John Shelby Spong dies

LATEST NEWS | By Brian Bromberger | Sep 20

Bishop John Shelby Spong, a liberal theologian and ally who championed women's and LGBTQ ordinations and rights, died September 12 peacefully in his sleep at his Richmond, Virginia home.

Political Notes: Repeal of DADT hits 10-year milestone

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 20

Ten years ago Monday (September 20), the U.S. military's homophobic "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was ended, ushering in a decade of open military service for LGBTQ enlistees and officers.

Beswick hired to lead Bay Area LGBTQ business association

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Sep 17

Terry Beswick, who ended his five years as executive director of the GLBT Historical Society September 15, has been hired as the new ED of the Golden Gate Business Association. He's developed a reputation as a "turnaround expert," he said.

California to collect LGBTQ violent death data under bill signed by Newsom

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 16

California will become the first state in the country to collect violent death data within its LGBTQ community due to legislation Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Thursday.

Out in the Bay: For anniversary of DADT repeal, a conversation with Lauren Hough

LATEST NEWS | By Eric Jansen | Sep 16

Lauren Hough grew up in the infamous, apocalyptic Christian free-love and -sex cult The Family, formerly The Children of God.

Editorial: Breed should get behind OD emergency

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Sep 15

San Francisco supervisors are likely to approve a resolution in the coming weeks urging Mayor London Breed to declare the city's overdose crisis a local emergency.

Destination Oakland: Gay SF CEO markets East Bay city

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Sep 15

Peter Gamez gave up his own hospitality company to become the CEO of Visit Oakland. Between the Bay Area's summer and the return of roadtrips, he says now's the time to discover or rediscover The Town.


Arts & Culture

Sex and sensibility: Alexander Cheves' 'My Love is a Beast: Confessions'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Sep 20

In this commanding, in-your-face debut memoir by Alexander Cheves, the author lays bare the "sins" of his past but he rightfully refuses to atone for them. Instead, a libidinous celebration of sorts takes place within these pages.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1994, Pedro got real

TELEVISION | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 16

1994 was a big year for LGBT arts. But perhaps the brightest —yet sadly briefest— star to shine was Pedro Zamora in Season 3 of MTV's 'The Real World,' set in San Francisco.

Circus Bella: big top fun in Bay Area parks

ARTS EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Sep 14

Circus Bella is now in the Bay Area offering the excitement of a circus in their new live shows taking place at various Bay Area parks. Two members of the company are out and proud members of the LGBTQ community.

The Way of the Force: Q-Force's Gabe Liedman

TELEVISION | By Gregg Shapiro | Sep 14

Featuring the voices of a stellar cast of queer and queer-friendly actors, the hot new Netflix series 'Q-Force' takes spy capers to camp levels. Co-creator, writer and costar Gabe Liedman shares some behind-the-scenes stories and inspiration.

Marga Gomez revs up her 'Spanking Machine'

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Sep 14

After critical acclaim for the online version of her latest solo show, veteran comic and storyteller Marga Gomez returns to The Marsh to share tales of Catholic school days, kinky sex, and childhood bullying.

Eyes of Tammy Faye: dramatic adaptation of the televangelist documentary

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Sep 14

Jessica Chastain stuns with mascara-eyed sincerity in the narrative adaptation of the acclaimed documentary, 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye,' about the rise and fall of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.


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Going Out, Homing's In, Sept 17-24, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 16

Try to remember the kind of September when arts events did not have warnings. Try to remember to follow the guidelines and you'll enjoy the shows.

Baloney's back: saucy male burlesque show returns to Oasis

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 12

With a blend of the comic, erotic and intellectual, Baloney SF, the "all-male" burlesque review, finally returns to Oasis' stage for its seventh season.

Going Out, Homing's In Sept. 9-17, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 9

Enjoy sly comics, super music, divas in drag or marvy museums. Arts and nightlife events await your attendance.

50 years in 50 weeks: The Sisters' hood in 1993

CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 8

Perhaps the most visually striking lead Arts feature of 1993 showcased the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Tim Farrell interviewed members of the drag nun collective who were banned from the March on Washington stage.

Rufus Wainwright: gay singer-songwriter unfollows the rules

ARTS EVENTS | By Gregg Shapiro | Sep 7

Last year, Rufus Wainwright released his eighth pop music studio album. It was significant because it was his first in 12 years. He'll perform at Satatoga's Mountain Winery Sept. 12.

Sherry Vine: parody song queen returns to Oasis

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Scott Stiffler | Sep 4

LA-based, globally known drag queen Sherry Vine is always on the move, and she'll bring her wacky new song parody show to SF's Oasis Sept. 9.