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Drag performers launch 2020 get out the vote effort

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 6

Two San Francisco drag performers have joined an effort to promote participation in the fall elections, where control of the White House and U.S. Senate are up for grabs and countless local elections will be taking place across the country.

Editorial: Raise an inclusive Castro flag

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Aug 5

The Castro Merchants, the organization of neighborhood businesses which oversees the iconic rainbow flag flying at Castro and Market streets, should consider installing a more inclusive version of the global symbol of LGBTQ rights.

Ex-San Salvador cops sentenced in murder of trans woman

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Aug 5

In a landmark case, three former San Salvador police officers were sentenced last month for the murder of a transgender woman.

News Briefs: NCLR receives $3M grant from philanthropist

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Aug 5

The National Center for Lesbian Rights announced that it has received a $3 million major gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Guest Opinion: HHS copay rule threatens HIVers

NEWS | By by Tez Anderson | Aug 5

The survival of people dealing with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS often depends on affordable access to prescription medications.

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF City College to offer cannabis degree

NEWS | By Sari Staver | Aug 4

City College of San Francisco will launch a two-year associate of arts degree program in cannabis studies next spring, which it says is the first of its kind in the nation.

Political Notebook: Former Buttar campaign manager breaks her silence

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 4

The former campaign manager for Shahid Buttar, the democratic socialist running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), is breaking her silence about what she describes as a "toxic workplace environment."

SF Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District hires new manager

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Aug 3

The San Francisco Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors has selected a new district manager.

Federal judge unlikely to stop HHS rule before it takes effect

LATEST NEWS | By Lisa Keen | Aug 3

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., indicated Monday he is not likely to grant an injunction to stop a Trump administration change in rules that will eliminate non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.


Arts & Culture

Sam Harris: singer discusses the 'Substance' of his new novel

BOOKS | By Jim Gladstone | Aug 5

Sam Harris certainly won't be singing in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. But he's doubled-down as an author. His second book, 'The Substance of All Things,' was published July 1. It's a novel. And it's a knockout.

Besties forever: Jack & Yaya's true love story

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Aug 4

Seeing as how 'Jack & Yaya' is first-time co-directors Jen Bagley and Mary Hewey's full-length documentary debut, Bagley and Hewey get more right than wrong in their rendering of this touching true story.

Q-Music: Queerantine playlist

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Aug 4

New music from Indigo Girls, Gordi, Katie Pruitt, Khruangbin's Mordechai, Totally F*cking Gay, and The Ultimate Peggy Lee collection.

Latest and Greatest: an interview with Becca Mancari

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Aug 4

It's only July, but rest assured that 'The Greatest Part' (Captured Tracks), the breathtaking second album by out singer/songwriter Becca Mancari, will not be forgotten when folks assemble their end-of-the-year, best of 2020 albums lists.

Lifetime announces preproduction of gay Christmas movie

TELEVISION | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 3

After years of producing straight-only romance films, Lifetime this week announced pre-production on the network's first holiday-themed cable film with gay male leads.

Crescendo, SF Gay Men's Chorus gala, to include special guests

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 3

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' annual Crescendo gala goes online with honors to singer-actor Billy Porter, activist Ariadne Getty, and special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Alex Newell, Wilson Cruz, and more.


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Tituss Burgess says, 'Dance, M.F.'

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Aug 2

You loved him in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ("Peenooooo Noir!") and other shows. Tituss Burgess' newest song, "Dance, M.F.," speaks to us now about letting our inhibitions down in a time of crisis.

Cheyenne Jackson performs with Seth Rudetsky Aug, 2 & 3

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 31

TV fans know him for 'American Horror Story,' Broadway fans know him for 'Xanadu' and 'All Shook Up.' Cheyenne Jackson, the handsome singer-actor, performs in an intimate concert fundraiser with our favorite musical theatre wizard, Seth Rudetsky.

Homing's In: community, arts, nightlife online July 31- Aug. 7

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 30

Another Zoom opening, another show - online, of course. When you're not masking up outside, enjoy arts, nightlife and community events at home.

SF Castro's Badlands to close permanently

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 30

The Castro nightclub Badlands at 4121 18th Street will not be reopening, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Moby Dick fundraisers support bar, staff

FUNDRAISER | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 28

Moby Dick, the popular Castro district bar, is raising funds for employees and the owners' expenses in two online fundraisers.

For Kim David Smith, life is a cabaret

MUSIC | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jul 28

Kim David Smith, a gay Australian native who now lives and works in New York City, has released his first concert album: 'Live at Joe's Pub.' Smith's concert conjures up images of smoky nightclubs in Weimer Era Germany.