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San Francisco supervisor panel backs request to landmark gay-owned Eagle bar

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 25

The members of a San Francisco supervisors' panel are recommending that their colleagues start the process to landmark a gay-owned bar in the city's South of Market district.

San Francisco to begin reopening — again — Jan. 28

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jan 25

San Francisco will allow some businesses to reopen Thursday, January 28, as it expects to move into the state's purple COVID-19 tier, Mayor London Breed announced at a January 25 virtual news conference.

Jock Talk: Optimistic plans presented for Hong Kong Gay Games

LATEST NEWS | By Roger Brigham | Jan 25

Organizers of the 2022 Gay Games in Hong Kong attending the Federation of Gay Games' annual assembly January 24 projected optimism that Gay Games XI will be held safely despite ongoing concerns about the effects of the pandemic and other issues.

Health panel pledges to address missing LGBTQ COVID data

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 25

A national panel is pledging to work with California officials on addressing the lack of data about how COVID-19 is impacting the LGBTQ community.

FDA approves first injectable HIV regimen

LATEST NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Jan 25

The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved Cabenuva, the first complete long-acting injectable HIV regimen that does not require daily pills.

Biden signs order repealing trans military ban

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 25

President Joe Biden on Monday signed an executive order repealing the ban on transgender troops serving in the military.

Political Notes: Record number of CA Dem lawmakers dinged on 2020 LGBTQ scorecard

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 25

A record number of California Democratic lawmakers were dinged on the 2020 legislative scorecard released by a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

Jill Biden visits Whitman-Walker Health HIV/AIDS clinic

LATEST NEWS | By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | Jan 22

First lady Jill Biden on Friday visited the Washington, D.C.-based Whitman-Walker Health HIV/AIDS clinic, marking a distinct change for a new administration within its first 48 hours after inauguration.

Almena pleads guilty in Ghost Ship fire, avoiding 2nd trial

CRIME | By Ed Walsh | Jan 22

Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena pleaded guilty Friday (January 22) to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people, including three who identified as transgender, on December 2, 2016.


Arts & Culture

We need a heroine or three: The Lavender Tube on LGBT TV characters, the new Batwoman and more

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jan 26

GLAAD's report on LGBT representation on TV shows isn't great news, but some show's new seasons bring us a bi Batwoman, Zoey's singing gay pals and Dan Levy hosting 'SNL.'

Pulling at heartstrings: 'Violins of Hope' live at Kohl Mansion

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Jan 26

The touring concert 'Violins of Hope' brought a collection of instruments retrieved and restored from the Holocaust, to Northern California a year ago. One of the most memorable concerts in the triumphant tour is now available as a download and CD.

Mutual attraction: Jack Halberstam's 'Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Jan 26

Noted radical social thinker and Columbia gender studies professor Jack Halberstam's reputation precedes him, and his new creative exploration of desire reinforces his thought process behind how human sexuality becomes attracted to everything "wild."

Q-Music: new sounds from Mary J. Blige, Pamela Means, Tami Neilson and more

ARTS EVENTS | By Gregg Shapiro | Jan 26

'Chickaboom!, the 2020 album by Tami Neilson, the self-described "hot rockin' lady of country, rockabilly and soul," Reigning queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige's new remixes and other women musicians are bringing new and classic sounds.

Brazil's LGBT refugees tell their stories in the short film 'Hazte Sentir'

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 24

The short film 'Hazte Sentir (Make Yourself Heard)' documents a moment in the lives of LGBT refugees in Manaus, the largest city in Brazil's Amazonas state. Cineola and Frameline share the collaborative film free online.

Poet Amanda Gorman, Lady Gaga and other musicians bring arts to Biden/Harris Inauguration

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 20

As Americans and people over the world heaved a heavy sigh of relief and joy with the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, one young poet stood out for her artistic contribution.


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Homing's In Jan. 22-31, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 21

Celebrate the winter of our new content; arts, nightlife and community events to amuse, perplex and enrich your days and nights.

Decision on Folsom, Dore Alley street fairs expected soon

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jan 20

A decision on whether the two South of Market leather-themed street fairs will proceed in person in 2021 will be made following a meeting next week between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Folsom Street Events.

Homing's In: Jan. 15-24, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 14

Inaugurate your new year with arts, nightlife and community events online, or go outside to stroll/roll through a park. you deserve it.

Queer bars' extraordinary fund list

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 10

Despite our astoundingly difficult times, fans and patrons of LGBTQ Bay Area bars and nightclubs were extraordinarily generous to multiple fundraising efforts in 2020, donating nearly $400,000. You can still donate to help your favorite venues survive.

Homing's In: Jan 8-17, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jan 7

Amid tumultuous terrifying times, find relief, get informed, or just amused for a while, with arts, nightlife and community events.

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | Jan 5

The opportunity to see Marlene Dietrich in person came 23 years after her U.S. film dbut. In 1953 the Sahara Las Vegas offered her $30,000 per week to perform. And so her career as a cabaret singer was born. The film star later performed in San Francisco.