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In SF, Breed, Bonta, and Wiener denounce wave of anti-Semitism

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 29

Elected officials joined Jewish community leaders at a news conference in San Francisco July 29 to denounce a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the Bay Area and the nation at-large.

Many SF LGBTQ bars want patrons vaccinated

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 28

Revelers at Sunday's Folsom Street Market fair who wanted a drink had to show something more than an ID to the doorman at many of the bars — proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

SF budget, federal agency fund local HIV programs

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 28

San Francisco officials allocated $2.6 million for local HIV programs over the next two years in the fiscal budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that advocates had been seeking.

Editorial: Trans visibility matters

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jul 28

This week, Pew Research Center released a new survey that found a growing number of U.S. adults know a transgender person or someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns.

Gilead to lower PrEP reimbursement to clinics

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 28

HIV advocates are concerned that upcoming changes to Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Advancing Access program mean that there will be less money available to local providers for related virus prevention.

News Briefs: Market Street posters feature Tenderloin residents

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jul 28

A new Market Street Poster Series features professional artists and formerly unhoused residents in San Francisco's Tenderloin district to amplify neighborhood voices.

Political Notebook: Lawmakers hail Newsom's signage of HIV-related bills

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 28

The authors of two bills benefiting Californians living with HIV are praising Governor Gavin Newsom for signing their legislation into law. He did so without comment on July 23.

Transmissions: Resources abound for younger trans people

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Jul 28

Over the last several years, there has been a belief in some circles that the increase of transgender people over the last decade is some sort of "social contagion" brought on by the evil influence of the internet.

Lufthansa says staff has discretion over mask policy

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 28

In response to a gay passenger's complaint he was ordered to take off a rainbow-colored mask on a Lufthansa flight, the German-based airline is clarifying that its staff have discretion over enforcement of its face covering policy.

Arts & Culture

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1987, a page-turner

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 29

The lengthier arts section in the October 29, 1987 B.A.R. focused on the boom in 'gay and lesbian' literary subjects and reviews, from lesbian theater history to the work of James Broughton and a then-new author, Christopher Bram.

Swan Song: remembrance of things past

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 27

Inspired by a true icon, 'Swan Song' stars Udo Kier as Mr. Pat, the formerly famous hairdresser known for the magic he worked with a brush, a comb, and hairspray on the heads of Sandusky socialites.

Irish wise: Graham Norton's novel, 'Home Stretch'

BOOKS | By Brian Bromberger | Jul 27

Known as the savvy, freewheeling UK television talk show host, Norton's new gay-inclusive novel is an unexpectedly insightful character-driven delight that is as binge-worthy and compelling as any trending Netflix series.

Sportertainment: The Lavender Tube on LGBT athletes & allies at the Tokyo Olympics

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jul 27

After a year's delay, and continued health worries and protests, Tokyo's Olympic Games have begun, with the largest ever number of out LGBT competitors. Our TV columnist also focuses on some outstanding straight athletes of note.

Yee's Summer Breeze: 'The Song of Summer' at SF Playhouse

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Jul 26

Lauren Yee's light pop-music-infused romantic comedy tells of a one-hit pop star who skips out on his concert tour to beeline back to his blue-collar hometown in Pennsylvania.

B.A.R. Talks 4: That's (Adult) Entertainment, with John F. Karr & Cornelius Washington

SEX | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 25

In the fourth edition of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly online chats celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication, writers John F. Karr and Cornelius Washington will discuss the history of sexuality in the publication in an Aug. 5 online chat.


Phatima Rude memorial to be held Aug. 1 at Public Works

DRAG | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 27

Known for outrageous and unique performances, the late local drag performer Phatima Rude (Leigh Pankonin) will be remembered at a gathering on August 1 at Public Works.

Going Out, July 23-30, 2021

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 22

Midsummer fun continues all over the Bay. Be careful, be kind, mask up indoors, and head out for plays, concerts, films and nightlife frolics. Many venues are requiring masks, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test for entry.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

BARCHIVE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 22

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

THEATER | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jul 20

Oasis hosts Michael Phillis' new drag parody show, 'The Hand That Rocks the Crawford,' starring Matthew Martin as Joan Crawford in a mash-up of femme fatale '90s classic films.

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 20

Is there anything gay performer and Texas-native Todrick Hall can't do? He sings. He dances. He writes songs. He acts on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He's also an outspoken activist, and discusses his new album, 'Femuline.'

The absence of doubt: Michael Lowenthal's dynamic 'Sex with Strangers'

BOOKS | By Mark William Norby | Jul 20

In Michael Lowenthal's fifth book, Sex with Strangers, the writer steps out of the novel and delivers a fiery collection of eight stories coursing through queer and straight lives.