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California will now ban state-funded travel to North Dakota due to anti-LGBTQ law

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 19

North Dakota is set for addition to the list of states California bans state-funded travel to now that lawmakers in the Peace Garden State have adopted anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Leather projects in San Francisco South of Market district advance

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 19

Several projects celebrating the leather and kink history of San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood are inching along.

Political Notebook: California leaders among inaugural LGBTQ Hall of Fame honorees

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 19

A number of Californians are among the inaugural class being inducted into the LGBTQ Hall of Fame May 2 by the LGBTQ Victory Institute.

Twin sisters chosen as SF Pride grand marshals

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 19

Queer twin sisters and community activists Melonie and Melorra Green have been named San Francisco Pride community grand marshals, the organization recently announced.

Political Notes: Gay San Francisco native mounts underdog bid for Pelosi's House seat

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 19

In his conversations with potential donors Eric Curry has been referred to as the "underdog" candidate and the less polite "unlikely" candidate running for San Francisco's 12th Congressional District seat covering much of the city.

Additional child sexual assault charges filed against Sebastopol's gay former mayor

LATEST NEWS | By Sari Staver | Apr 16

The gay former Sebastopol mayor who was arrested on charges of sexual assault of a minor is now free on $620,00 bail following a hearing April 15, when the Sonoma County District Attorney's office added four additional counts to the initial charges.

4 design concepts presented for Harvey Milk Plaza renovation project

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Apr 16

As the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza works to reboot its renovation project, new preliminary designs for the public parklet above the Castro Muni Station were rolled out Thursday during a virtual town hall.

Popular SF Oscar party scrapped due to pandemic

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Apr 16

The stylish crowd that usually enjoys watching the Oscars at the Academy of Friends gala in San Francisco won't be noshing on hors d'oeuvres or sipping bubbly this year.

On LGBTQ data, SF health department lags other city agencies

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 14

When it comes to collecting the sexual orientation and gender identity data of San Francisco residents, most city agencies have made great strides since being required to collect the SOGI information in the summer of 2017.

Arts & Culture

Policing police: the Lavender Tube on crime shows, real and not-so


Various forms of police and detective procedurals are the top-ranked series on TV and streaming services. How does that align with what is happening out in the real world to Black and brown, LGBTQ and disabled people—the primary targets?

Q-Music: Women still work it

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Apr 20

Juliana Hatfield, Lana Del Ray, Merry Clayton and Mary Karlzen's new music will stir your soul and please your ears.

Mississippi mudpuppies: Samuel R. Delany's 'Big Joe'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Apr 19

Delany's latest creation is a racy, pungent illustrated novella of explicit gay erotica inspired by and dedicated to childhood friend Kenroy Thorsten "who started it all on the first night of summer camp in the boys' bunk-five tent in 1952."

Filmfests offer a queer eye: Frameline presales, OUTshine, CAAMfest host online, drive-in screenings

MOVIES | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 16

Four fabulous film festivals are rolling out their ticketing plans, with online screening schedules and even some fun drive-in shows. Get the reel deal info on Frameline, OUTshine, Livable Planet and CAAMfest movie events with LGBT content.

Homing's In April 16-25, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 15

Plenty of outdoor and distanced events are worth joining this, week. But you'll pardon our recusal from 4/20, the marijuana party. Now that's legal, it's not so radical, and more like Muffin Monday. Going to bars feels more speakeasy-esque these days.

Dreamin' is free: Sean Dorsey Dance presents new online works

DANCE | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 13

Taking his art outdoors and on video, the always-innovative Sean Dorsey discussed his new dance works as part of the company's 2021 At-Home Season (April 16-18), and the new series, 'The Lost Art of Dreaming.'


Eagle building still for sale

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Apr 14

The building that houses The Eagle, a South of Market leather-themed LGBTQ bar, is still for sale, according to one of the real estate agents.

Sing out: Crescendo Voices Rising with SF Gay Men's Chorus

MUSIC | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Apr 12

On April 22, SF Gay Men's Chorus will present their 15th annual Crescendo: Voices Rising, an online gala with guest-stars LeeAnn Rimes, Jake Shears, Shangela, Rita Moreno and others.

50 years in 50 Weeks: May 17, 1972 Chaotic Cowboy Contest

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 9

The Covered Wagon bar hosted the 1972 Mr. Cowboy contest, but things didn't go well, as reported in the B.A.R.'s May 17 issue. Many in attendance were "stirred into a frenzy of accusations, charges and counter-charges of fraud, fake fix and cheat."

Homing's In April 9-16, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 8

Spring has quite sprung and many arts, nightlife and community organizers and producers have emerged from their Zoom caves. Chirp, chirp.

50 years in 50 weeks: May 1, 1971: In all their plumage

DRAG | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 6

As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, each week we'll take a nostalgic look at a highlight from each year's issues. In May 1, 1971 , a plumaged party seemed like a lot of fun.

Homing's In, April 2-12, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 1

As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, let's look to arts nightlife and community groups that share our collective history. Long-running theater companies and even new online forums span the decades.