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News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

SF gay sex club Eros races to reopen in new location

SF gay sex club Eros races to reopen in new location

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 22, 2022

San Francisco's last remaining gay sex club is racing to reopen its doors in time for Pride weekend.

LGBTQ Agenda: Polyamory group asks Facebook for more relationship status choices

LGBTQ Agenda: Polyamory group asks Facebook for more relationship status choices

  • Jun 16, 2022

The Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-monogamy has sent a letter to Meta asking for more relationship status choices on Facebook that would include polyamorous people.

SF supervisors panel OKs gay bathhouse zoning update

SF supervisors panel OKs gay bathhouse zoning update

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 18, 2022

A proposed zoning change to allow gay bathhouses and other adult sex venues to open in the city's historic LGBTQ neighborhoods is close to being finalized.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2019's cruisy detours

50 years in 50 weeks: 2019's cruisy detours

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 9, 2022

As we reach the end of our 50 short tributes to the Bay Area Reporter's five decades, let's take a moment to talk about sex, particularly the B.A.R.'s coverage of it, in abundance.

Memory serves: Nate Lippens' 'My Dead Book'

Memory serves: Nate Lippens' 'My Dead Book'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 1, 2022

If the best things come in small packages, the diminutive chapbook by author Nate Lippens should pack a punch, and it certainly does. This fictional excavation of a man's past through the dead friends and lovers he'd managed to survive is worth the ride.

Transit tales: Johnny Townsend's 'Orgy At The STD Clinic'

Transit tales: Johnny Townsend's 'Orgy At The STD Clinic'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 11, 2022

Johnny Townsend's new book chronicles the escapades of Todd Tillotson, a middle-aged, paunchy Seattle gay man and ex-Mormon riding the public transit bus in the present day pandemic while cruising for sex.

US leads world in looking for 'right now,' Grindr states in year-end report

US leads world in looking for 'right now,' Grindr states in year-end report

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 31, 2021

"The world began to open up in 2021, and so did you," the dating app Grindr stated in a year-end report on user preferences, which revealed which countries have the most profiles of tops and bottoms, alongside other data.

'Forbidden Letters' - long unseen gay classic at Porn Film Festival

'Forbidden Letters' - long unseen gay classic at Porn Film Festival

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 5, 2021

A long unseen gay cinema classic will screen at the Brava Theater on November 12. Arthur J. Bressan Jr.'s 1979 'Forbidden Letters' is an X-rated mood piece whose lead actors don't just have sex on camera, they make love.

Wakefield Poole  (February 24, 1936 — October 27, 2021) Remembering a visionary

Wakefield Poole (February 24, 1936 — October 27, 2021) Remembering a visionary

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Nov 1, 2021

Although he worked as a dancer, choreographer, and shop owner, Wakefield Poole is best known for his groundbreaking feature-length gay erotic films, particularly 'Boys in the Sand.'

Megahood 2021 sizzled on Folsom

Megahood 2021 sizzled on Folsom

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Sep 27, 2021

Health precautions included some changes to the traditions of the annual Folsom Street Fair, renamed Megahood 2021 to honor its original first iteration in 1984.

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 21, 2021

For anyone who misses having sex in a back alley, parking lot, or atop a bulldozer, the new hardcover book of photos by veteran photographer Mark I. Chester makes a perfect gift for Folsom time.

'Bloodsisters' - groundbreaking lesbian BDSM video re-released

'Bloodsisters' - groundbreaking lesbian BDSM video re-released

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 21, 2021

Originally released in 1995, Michelle Handelman's documentary 'Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes & Sadomasochism' educates and enlightens while preserving the history of San Francisco's lesbian BDSM community.

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 21, 2021

Being Folsom Week, we dive into the early roots of leather culture, specifically in California. 'The Life and Times of Larry Townsend: Saluting the 50th Anniversary of The Leatherman's Handbook,' by Jack Fritscher, is a festive romp.