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15 February 2019


Newsom makes history with trans staff hire

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew Bajko | Feb 14

California Governor Gavin Newsom has made history by hiring a transgender man as part of his administration's communications team. JP Petrucione is believed to be the highest-ranking, out, transgender appointee in state history.

Video of defendant in gay stylist's death reveals details

CRIME | Feb 13

In what prosecutors are calling a confession, James Rickleffs admitted to tying up Steven "Eriq" Escalon, stealing items from his home, and leaving him bound and gagged in a two and a half hour video interrogation shown to the jury this week.

Valentine Project brings cheer to sick kids

NEWS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 13

A unique project likely will bring smiles to the faces of ill children on Valentine's Day.

Gay, black comedian's new film debuts in Oakland

NEWS | By Tony Taylor | Feb 13

As one of the first out black men in stand-up comedy, Sampson McCormick has created a short film that's anything but a laughing matter.

Federal suit against Philly safe injection site draws criticism

NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Feb 13

The federal government has thrown up another roadblock to supervised injection sites, filing a lawsuit against Philadelphia's Safehouse, which had hoped to open the first such facility in the United States.

Editorial: Nonprofits should diversify leadership

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Feb 13

LGBTQ nonprofits looking for new leaders should be proactive in soliciting candidates who are women, trans, people of color, or a combination of those.

Political Notebook: Interim CA AIDS chief returns

NEWS | By Matthew Bajko | Feb 13

Marisa Ramos, Ph.D., is back as interim chief of the Office of AIDS within the California Department of Public Health.

Nonprofits work to recover from SF fire

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Feb 13

The gas explosion in San Francisco's inner Richmond district last week affected two organizations that serve the LGBT community.

Business Briefs: Gay crime novelist launches own press with podcast

BUSINESS | By Matthew Bajko | Feb 13

A year ago this month celebrated gay crime novelist Michael Nava secured the rights for all of his published works, including the seven titles in his acclaimed series featuring the gay criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios.

Arts & Culture

Arts Events Feb 14-21 2019

ARTS EVENTS | By Events Editor | Feb 13

Take a bow. You're supporting the arts, with local and visiting talents bringing you their vision of the world.

Turning away from tyranny

MOVIES | By David Lamble | Feb 12

In Germany's official entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar "Never Look Away," director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck takes us through a horrific episode from the WWII genocidal tragedy known as the Holocaust.

Do we hear a waltz?

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Feb 12

Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," inspired by an Ingmar Bergman movie, endures as one of his most successful shows. It's that "Send in the Clowns" musical, as marketers are quick to remind.

Out of the city & into the sheets

CULTURE | By Roberto Friedman | Feb 12

Even though Out There is a very urban person, we know that it's very important to get out of the big city every now and then. So we try to get away, and high on our list of destinations are the resorts, eateries and wineries of Sonoma County.

Queer historical choral work out on CD

MUSIC | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 12

"Unbreakable," an epic choral work performed with San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus last summer, is now available on CD and streaming platforms.

Gender fluidity & mutable identity

ART | By Sura Wood | Feb 12

"Show Me as I Want to Be Seen," a scintillating in-house exhibition filled with the new and different, is, by turns, revelatory and unsettling, and one of the most intriguing shows mounted by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in a while.


Leather Events, February 14 — March 3, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Race Bannon | Feb 13

There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

Boy Division @ Cat Club

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Feb 13

Boy Division, the monthly New Wave, goth, queer pop night, included groovy retro sounds, plus drag queens and puppets! The diverse crowd enjoyed a Dark Room drag show, and grooving to The Cure, Depeche Mode and other faves with DJ Xander at the Cat Club.

Women take the stage - Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Feb 13

One of the biggest annual local gatherings for leatherwomen took place this past Saturday, the Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts Cultural Center.

Nightlife Events Feb 14-21 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Feb 13

Can you stand the sheer variety of nightlife fun yet to come? What if you closed your eyes and just pointed at the listings page, web or print? Go where you've never been before. Make adventure where you can find it, even in your own zip code.

Valentimely - unusual and romantic events for the love holiday

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Dan Renzi | Feb 6

Regardless of your relationship status, you can celebrate Saint Valentine for his renegade marriage ceremonies and check out some of these fun events.

Nightlife Events Feb 7-14 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Feb 6

Winter has come, and now you're expected to find a date for Valentine's Day, or go solo to one of these fun nightlife events, where you may find love, or lurve, or a few likes. Wear your rubbers.