08 July 2020
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AIDS quilt goes virtual as new pandemic brings back memories

NEWS | By John Ferrannini | Jul 7

The National AIDS Memorial grove has launched a virtual version of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to coincide with the 23rd International AIDS Conference being held July 6-10.

Researchers report long-term HIV remission in Brazilian man

LATEST NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | Jul 7

A man in Brazil man who was treated with an intensive experimental regimen has no evidence of remaining HIV after more than 15 months off antiretroviral therapy, researchers reported Tuesday at the 23rd International AIDS Conference.

Man arrested after slipping through the system following alleged Castro assaults

LATEST NEWS | By Sari Staver | Jul 2

A man accused of assaulting and harassing people in the Castro was arrested on unrelated charges June 28, stemming from an alleged attack on a family in the city.

Political Notebook: HIV aging given prime spot at AIDS confab

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 1

At the last two global AIDS conferences, hosted in Amsterdam in 2018 and Durban, South Africa in 2016, long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS who attended noticed a glaring omission in the programs: themselves.

Local gym owners adjust business plans

BUSINESS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 1

Since shelter-in-place orders imposed in mid-March caused her to close her gym location in Oakland, The Queer Gym owner Nathalie Huerta and her employees have continued to offer their training programs virtually.

Transmissions: Water in the desert

NEWS | By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Jul 1

Netflix recently released "Disclosure," a documentary created by Sam Feder, Amy Scholder, and Laverne Cox.

LGBTQ experts help in South Bay COVID-19 response

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jul 1

While it is now scaling back reopening plans in light of an uptick in infections, Santa Clara County has been ahead of the curve for the novel coronavirus since the pandemic broke out in the United States in early March.

Editorial: Time for new leadership at Mission Station

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Jul 1

Based on recent incidents, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott should reassign Captain Gaetano Caltagirone of Mission Station and appoint a new leader. Recent incidents call into question Caltagirone's commitment to the LGBTQ community.

Polish LGBTs' future at stake in runoff presidential election

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Jul 1

Poland's anti-gay right-wing president, Andrzej Duda, was forced into a runoff election against his pro-LGBT liberal opponent, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.

Arts & Culture

SF Opera Summer Season online

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 7

Missing SF Opera's summer performances? Tune in on Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm for a 90-minute free digital broadcast showcasing the many musicians, performers, and luminaries who would have shaped our summer season.

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

TELEVISION | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Jul 7

Walter Mercado will make you laugh, make you surprised, make you raise an eyebrow or two. And he will bring you to tears with his sincerest wish that you have love, the "Mucho mucho amor" part of the title of the new Netflix documentary about his life.

Q-Music: Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life,' 'The Idiot' re-released

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 7

When it comes to Iggy Pop's solo work, he has yet to top the two he released in 1977: 'The Idiot' and 'Lust For Life,' each one newly reissued in expanded, double disc, deluxe editions, both produced by David Bowie.

Meet Brian Falduto: Gay Life Coach is also a little bit Country

MOVIES | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Jul 7

Fame came early for Brian Falduto, a child actor in 'School of Rock.' Falduto is now back in the limelight, albeit in a very different way. He's an LGBTQ life coach and Country music singer-songwriter.

Women bending genres: 'Good Kisser,' 'A Good Woman is Hard to Find' reviewed

MOVIES | By Gregg Shapiro | Jul 7

Lesbian filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton seems to have a thing for intimate, almost stagey movies. Her latest, 'Good Kisser,' also fits into that mold. Abner Pastoll's thriller 'A Good Woman is Hard to Find' is also reviewed.

Homecoming queen: Carter Sickels' 'The Prettiest Star'

BOOKS | By Jim Piechota | Jul 7

The premise of Carter Sickels' novel 'The Prettiest Star' is one that is very much based on the kind of real circumstances many gay men grappled with in the AIDS years of the 1980s.


Kent James, aka Nick Name: April 30, 1964 - July 3, 2020

LIVE MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 6

Kent James, also known as the punk-influenced rock music frontman Nick Name, died at his home in Palm Springs on July 3, 2020. The gay singer-songwriter lived in San Francisco for a few years, and performed at local nightclubs.

Take out some 'Hot Trash' with Oasis TV

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 5

Along with their weekly cavalcade of online entertainments, host D'Arcy Drollinger takes on current events in a dishy blend of 'Talk Soup' and 'Drag Race.'

Sylvester's 'Step II' rereleased, short documentary airs

MUSIC | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Disco icon Sylvester's 'Step II' album has been reissued, and a short online documentary tells the story of his fabulous yet too-brief career and life.

Homing's In: community, arts, nightlife online

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 3

Midsummer mindfulness means enjoying more entertainments at home. Sorry, that's the way it is. Whether you're enjoying or avoiding fireworks, keep safe and enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online.

Q-Music: Quarantine Pride playlist

MUSIC | By Gregg Shapiro | Jun 30

Brittany Howard, Tom Goss, Jake Blount, Sarah Peacock and Maxx Mann offer diverse music with their own unique queer edge.

Here is what I have learned: Leather columnist bids adieu

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Jun 30

It is bittersweet that I am announcing I will no longer be writing this column. The legacy of this column is something I have tried to honor by elevating discourse about LGBTQ adventurous sex and the cultures and relationships they spawn.