BARtab :: Sexuality

Negotiating Risk: Sex in the time of pandemics

Negotiating Risk: Sex in the time of pandemics

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 16, 2020

How does one have sex without having been sheltered in place exclusively with someone? How does one have sex when the virus is potentially passed by the most casual of unmasked contacts?

The power of story: Bawdy Storytelling's tempting tales

The power of story: Bawdy Storytelling's tempting tales

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 2, 2020

Dixie De La Tour is the founder and host of the renowned Bawdy Storytelling shows. "We are, as a species, addicted to story," she says. "Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories."

Sexuality: Calm amid the storm

Sexuality: Calm amid the storm

  • by Race Bannon
  • May 19, 2020

"How are you dealing with all this?" is a frequent questions. 'This' of course being the pandemic and the sudden restrictions it has put on our lives. And surprisingly, many of us are doing okay.

Living in the grey: Democratizing sex amid a crisis

Living in the grey: Democratizing sex amid a crisis

  • by Race Bannon
  • May 4, 2020

What constitutes being a kinkster? In what way is being a leather person different from being kinky? With the ever-growing categories of emerging sex subcultures, how do we clearly demarcate someone's sexual identity? Is that even important?

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

The Forgotten Pandemic - Echoes of AIDS History in COVID-19

The Forgotten Pandemic - Echoes of AIDS History in COVID-19

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 28, 2020

Flurries of articles contrasting COVID-19 with HIV have been published in the past few months. None of them initially drew my attention, as the pandemics seem quite different from one another.

Playing with gender: Erotic expressions that break binaries

Playing with gender: Erotic expressions that break binaries

  • by Race Bannon
  • Apr 21, 2020

Bending and manipulating gender is not historically in my sexual wheelhouse. So, I put out a call to some friends and acquaintances asking if anyone would be willing to share their experiences playing with gender expression as part of their erotic lives.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

Bestie sexies: Hope For future fun

Bestie sexies: Hope For future fun

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Apr 2, 2020

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.

Leather: Contests -and kink- in context

Leather: Contests -and kink- in context

  • by Race Bannon
  • Mar 10, 2020

while there are intersections between contests and other elements of kink, the contest world can effectually be a unique kink unto itself. Is it a fetish? I'm not sure, but it's been suggested it is or can be. What can we do to improve them?

Leather Events, February 13-29, 2020

Leather Events, February 13-29, 2020

  • by Race Bannon
  • Feb 12, 2020

In addition to workshops, play nights and the 15 Association anniversary, you'll find plenty of events in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Leather: That's a shame -  Live and let kink

Leather: That's a shame - Live and let kink

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jan 29, 2020

Within the radical sex and relationships communities in which I navigate, there are few things that spark my anger more than shaming, which, in kink communities, is far too prevalent.

Leather: Happy kinky new year!

Leather: Happy kinky new year!

  • by Race Bannon
  • Dec 30, 2019

What might a modern day kinkster want to see happen in 2020 that could make their lives better while strengthening the kink communities overall? I'm sure you have your own list, but here's what I'd like to see transpire in the new year.