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Out in the World: Hungarian diplomats' SF City Hall appearance draws ire

WORLD NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Sep 22

The recent appearance of Hungarian diplomats at a San Francisco City Hall gathering has been criticized by Hungarian Americans and LGBTQ leaders, and has resulted in Mayor London Breed vowing to tighten up vetting for future events.

Lt. gov's transgender advisory council lacks SF representation

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Sep 22

Aria Sa'id, president of San Francisco's Transgender District, said she "had no idea this was happening until now" when asked about Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis' new advisory council.

Political Notebook: Gay East Bay Assembly candidate Esteen picks up early support

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 22

First-time political candidate Jennifer Esteen has been scooping up early endorsements from around the Bay Area for her 2022 bid for Alameda County's 20th Assembly District seat, currently held by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward).

Guest Opinion: Every day is a celebration in Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District

NEWS | By Bob Goldfarb | Sep 22

The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, created by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2018, is 22 city blocks in the South of Market neighborhood that have been home to numerous leather and kink venues since the 1960s.

Newsom signs bill protecting LGBTQ patients' health care privacy

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 22

During a bill signing ceremony Wednesday focused on legislation strengthening reproductive health care services in California, Governor Gavin Newsom also signed into law legislation that protects the health care privacy of LGBTQ patients and others.

Editorial: Lt. gov's missed opportunities

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Sep 22

In two recent instances, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis has missed opportunities regarding LGBTQ issues in San Francisco.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1995, apology ad

NEWS | By BAR staff | Sep 22

The May 18, 1995 issue of the Bay Area Reporter featured a half-page ad on page 3 from the Indiana estate of Phil Causey, a San Francisco gay man who died of AIDS in 1991.

News Briefs: Horizons releases more COVID grant funds to LGBTQ nonprofits

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Sep 22

Horizons Foundation has announced 18 Bay Area LGBTQ nonprofits were recipients of a total $250,000 in grants from the foundation's LGBTQ Resilience and Recovery Fund.

Transmissions: Our history reveals our truth

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Sep 22

There are many who seem shocked with the rapidity that some transgender and nonbinary people will transition.

Arts & Culture

50 years in 50 weeks; 1995 rocked

LIVE MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 23

Extra Fancy front man Brian Grillo may have been the most prominent out gay rock singer of the year. The band headlined the 1995 Folsom Street Fair in one of several queer rock moments of the year.

Comic crushes: The Lavender Tube on 'The Other Two,' 'Work in Progress' and new 'L Word'

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Sep 21

'The Other Two' returns to wacky comic touches in its second season; Abby McEnany's dyke-filled dark comedy's daring; 'The L Word: Gen Q's season 2 is smoother, sharper and a touch more emotionally relatable.

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 21

For anyone who misses having sex in a back alley, parking lot, or atop a bulldozer, the new hardcover book of photos by veteran photographer Mark I. Chester makes a perfect gift for Folsom time.

'Bloodsisters' - groundbreaking lesbian BDSM video re-released

DVD | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Sep 21

Originally released in 1995, Michelle Handelman's documentary 'Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes & Sadomasochism' educates and enlightens while preserving the history of San Francisco's lesbian BDSM community.

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

BOOKS | By Michael Flanagan | Sep 21

Being Folsom Week, we dive into the early roots of leather culture, specifically in California. 'The Life and Times of Larry Townsend: Saluting the 50th Anniversary of The Leatherman's Handbook,' by Jack Fritscher, is a festive romp.

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.


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.