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COVID doesn't halt holiday cheer

NEWS | By BAR staff | Dec 2

While it looked doubtful last month, the annual holiday tree was installed in the Castro in an effort to add some festivity to the LGBTQ neighborhood during the pandemic.

Political Notebook: For gay councilman, Morgan Hill is a welcoming home

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 2

For close to 17 years Rene Spring and his husband, Mark Hossmann, have called Morgan Hill home. And during that time the bedroom community south of San Jose has seen rapid development of new homes and businesses.

Report: LGBTQ affirming health care lacking in CA

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 2

Health care settings that are not affirming of LGBTQ patients continue to be a considerable problem in California. And LGBTQ people in need of medical attention often must drive lengthy distances to access services.

Editorial: US Supreme Court tilts right

NEWS | Dec 2

Anyone who doubted that the U.S. Supreme Court would lurch to the right with the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett got a jolt last week when it ruled that science be damned.

News Briefs: Rainbow Railroad works to save LGBTQ lives

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Dec 2

Rainbow Railroad, an international organization based in Toronto that helps LGBTQI people seek safe haven from violence and persecution, is about halfway through its #60in60 campaign to raise $600,000 in the last 60 days of 2020 to save 60 lives.

Bay Area Cannasseur: The ultimate holiday gift — and more

NEWS | By Sari Staver | Dec 2

My top pick for a cannabis holiday gift is an extravagant gadget that in the long run could slash your monthly pot bill. And if your holiday gift lists has lower price points, we have those suggestions too.

Out in the World: The Netherlands to offer reparations to transgender people

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Dec 2

The Dutch government has apologized and offered reparations to transgender people who suffered under The Netherlands' Transgender Act.

Obituaries: John Edwin Lind Jr.

NEWS | By BAR staff | Dec 2

The obituary for John Edwin Lind Jr.

Emeryville 'undertaking all the necessary work' to rename street for trans teacher

LATEST NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Dec 2

The city of Emeryville is in the process of changing the name of a street in front of Emery High School for a late instructor who'd been fired for receiving gender confirmation surgery.

Arts & Culture

Being trans, playing gay; Hollywood & TV's evolution

TELEVISION | By Jim Provenzano | Dec 2

The news of Elliot Page's coming out as transgender spread across the internet. At the same time, with less fanfare, actor Viggo Mortensen raised eyebrows with his defense of playing a gay character. Both show how LGBT actors and portrayals are evolving.

Christmas, present: A.C.T.'s 'Carol,' SF Mime Troupe on air

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Dec 1

Nah, humbug! Tune in to newly adapted radio versions of 'A Christmas Carol' produced by American Conservatory Theatre and San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Lawfully good: The Lavender Tube on SVU, Johnny Sibilly and more

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Dec 1

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's intense drama, Big Sky's race controversy, Johnny Sibilly's fun show, and more TV hits and misses are covered.

Big Freedia's booked; celebrates paperback memoir release online with regional bookstores

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 28

The Queen of Bounce will share stories from his new book, 'God Save the Queen Diva.' The New Orleans musician and reality show star will chat with hosts of bookstores nationwide, from Philadelphia, to Tulsa, Austin, Fairfield and Los Angeles.

Laid Bare: new books on gay porn include filmmaker & actor interviews and Bruce La Bruce diaries

BOOKS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 28

Five new and recent books on gay pornography explore the making and enjoyment of erotic films and videos, from their early days to today, with performer and director interviews, and the diaries of director Bruce La Bruce.

Homing's In: arts, nightlife, community events Nov 27-Dec 6

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 25

Settle in for autumn's end and December's arrival, as arts, nightlife and community events thaw out.


Glitter Worthy shop features drag swag

FASHION | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 29

In the much-needed spirit of buying local, check out and fill your cart with Glitter Worthy's fun array of gifts created with local drag performers, illustrators and photographers.

Friends mourn loss of Randall Schiller

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Nov 24

Friends are mourning the death of Randall "Randy" Schiller, a gay man and longtime community leader who died October 4.

Homing's In: arts, nightlife, community events Nov 20-29

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 19

Autumnal fun may not include large gatherings over dinner (hey, your decision), but you can burn of some calories by dancing or singing along to some arts, nightlife and community events.

Homing's In Nov. 13-22: arts,  nightlife, community events

ARTS EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 12

Now that we're done dancing in the streets, settle back and watch some professionals dance, and sing and act, and even lip-synch, because queens gotta perform, too. Arts, Community and Nightlife events are the new normal.

Faye Carol to perform LGBT musician tribute concert

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Nov 10

Miss Faye Caro will perform with Poet Avotcja & Youth A Cappella Ensemble Vocal Rush, in a concert celebrating Black LGBTQ+ music pioneers like Billy Strayhorn, Little Richard and Sylvester.

Leather bound: Adam Mars-Jones' 'Box Hill: A Story of Low Self-Esteem'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Nov 10

Richly drawn and impossible to forget, Mars-Jones's story will appeal most to niche LGBTQ readers who appreciate the bold acidity of classic BDSM leather-scented erotic fiction.