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05 April 2020


Online Extra: FDA approves coronavirus antibody test

LATEST NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Apr 3

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 1 granted its first emergency use authorization for an antibody test that could show if people are immune to the new coronavirus.

Online Extra: Virtual concerts to mark Golden Gate Park's birthday

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 3

This weekend's 150th birthday celebration at Golden Gate Park was postponed weeks ago due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, but a series of virtual concerts that people can watch for free will begin Saturday, April 4.

Online Extra: Castro pharmacy to accept donated PPE items Saturday

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 2

Pharmacy students at UCSF have organized a personal protective equipment drop-off site at a Castro area pharmacy Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Online Extra: FDA issues change for gay blood donors, easing ban from 12 to 3 months

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Apr 2

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced major changes to its ban on blood donations from men who've had sex with men.

Online Extra: Political Notes: Campaign encourages LGBTQ people to seek public office

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Apr 2

A nationwide campaign is underway aimed at encouraging LGBTQ people to seek public office.

Besties 2020: Readers can't wait for their favorites to return

NEWS | Apr 2

In this time of staying at home and practicing physical distancing when we venture out, it's not a surprise that the majority of this year's Besties winners are not open right now.

Besties: Weddings & Destinations: Hawaii looks to day tourists can return

BESTIES | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 2

Vacations and weddings may be on hold, but our readers voted for their favorite dream destinations and venues for special events.

Besties: Community: LGBTs support local groups

BESTIES | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 2

Once the coronavirus outbreak has eased and public health restrictions are lifted, expect lots of LGBT nonprofit organizations to actively seek funds and other resources. In the meantime, here are a few of Bay Area Reporter readers' favorites.

Besties: Services and Shopping: a new winner dethrones longtime favorite

BESTIES | By Cynthia Laird | Apr 2

Bike shops, grocers, banks and barbershops, bookstores, car dealers and more were voted as this year's Best of the Bay by our readers.

Arts & Culture

Frameline postpones June LGBTQ film festival

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Mar 31

Frameline, the San Francisco LGBTQ film festival usually held in June, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Executive Director James Woolley announced Tuesday.

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

THEATER | By Brian Bromberger | Mar 27

Terrence McNally, the playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who portrayed gayness to a mainstream theater audience, died March 24th at 81, becoming one of the first celebrities to succumb to COVID-19.

Dark shadows & radiant light: Joseph Caldwell's memoir 'In the Shadow of the Bridge'

BOOKS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Mar 25

Joseph Caldwell's 'In the Shadow of the Bridge' is a heartfelt memoir about being gay in the New York City of the 1950s an '60s, as well as a remembrance of the peak years of the AIDS crisis.

Disc love in the time of contagion: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin'

DVD | By Tim Pfaff | Mar 25

I watched the new DVD of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin,' the most emotionally brutal of the Tchaikovsky operas, in a Bolshoi production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, my personal favorite of the current gang of opera enfants terribles, from my bed.

Dystopiana: The Lavender Tube's pandemic picks

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Mar 25

Welcome to the new dystopia. While we are self-isolating for the foreseeable future, let's make our time in quarantine as manageable as possible and create a TV routine that is helpful, not harmful.

Oakland couple shares a love of Legos

TELEVISION | By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 25

Oakland couple Richard Board and Flynn DeMarco's first bit of notoriety for their shared love of Legos came in 2018 when they wowed the crowd and judges at the annual Bricks by the Bay convention. They recently appeared on the TV show 'Lego Masters.'


Bestie Eats: adjusting, closing and to-go

BESTIES | By Jim Gladstone | Apr 2

When the lockdown finally ends and we're able to get out and about to socialize over our vittles once again, this year's Restaurant Besties will be here to help.

Bestie sexies: Hope For future fun

BESTIES | By Cornelius Washington | Apr 2

Even though we, as a nation, are going through some very trying times, the winners in these categories, voted for by Bay Area Reporter readers, should inspire you to get your freak on once social distancing becomes a thing of the past.

Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

BESTIES | By Michael Flanagan | Apr 2

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Celebrating the past year and with an eye toward the future, let's bring on this year's Bestie-winning events.

We miss the nightlife: Bestie talented people

BESTIES | By Jim Gladstone | Apr 2

What would queer San Francisco be without our nocturnal animals, the revelers and entertainers and service stars? Let's raise a glass (make it a double), to this year's Nightlife People Bestie winners.

Heklina's online TV show: 'Live From the Apocalypse'

NIGHTLIFE | By Events Editor | Mar 29

Feeling drag-deprived? Many performers are hosting online numbers, but SF icon Heklina's got her own show!

Charlotte Coleman: Gay bar superstar: lesbian entrepreneur's 45 years of success

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | Mar 25

Charlotte Coleman's bars grew from the harassment of the 1950s. But the unintended consequence of losing a job was that she wasn't just a bar owner: she had such business acumen that some of her bars still exist till today.