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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.

Going viral: microbiologist Joseph Osmundson's 'Virology'

Going viral: microbiologist Joseph Osmundson's 'Virology'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • May 31, 2022

Joseph Osmundson's new book establishes itself as a unique and singular archive of COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, queer theory, sociopolitical criticism, and a record of the viruses that are present in our guts, on our skin, and in our blood.

Meth without GHB is like 'coffee without cream'

Meth without GHB is like 'coffee without cream'

  • by Adam Echelman
  • May 4, 2022

Justin used to sell "Happy Meals" for $135: an ounce of G, an eighth of meth, and two to three Viagra.

GHB: The 'elixir' that no one is talking about (but everyone is drinking)

GHB: The 'elixir' that no one is talking about (but everyone is drinking)

  • by by Adam Echelman
  • Apr 27, 2022

Franz Lao had a few quiet hours at work so he left the office to take some meth and drink some G.

'Coming Soon' at Z Space: a rousing, arousing new musical

'Coming Soon' at Z Space: a rousing, arousing new musical

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 19, 2022

Musician-playwright Rachel Lark's stage musical, 'Coming Soon,' opens at Z Space this week, with sex on its mind, but it's more serious and less schticky than her previous tunes performed at Bawdy Storytelling.

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.

B.A.R. Talks 4: That's (Adult) Entertainment, with John F. Karr & Cornelius Washington

B.A.R. Talks 4: That's (Adult) Entertainment, with John F. Karr & Cornelius Washington

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 25, 2021

In the fourth edition of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly online chats celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication, writers John F. Karr and Cornelius Washington will discuss the history of sexuality in the publication in an Aug. 5 online chat.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 22, 2021

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.

The absence of doubt: Michael Lowenthal's dynamic 'Sex with Strangers'

The absence of doubt: Michael Lowenthal's dynamic 'Sex with Strangers'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jul 20, 2021

In Michael Lowenthal's fifth book, Sex with Strangers, the writer steps out of the novel and delivers a fiery collection of eight stories coursing through queer and straight lives.

Gay sex venues return

Gay sex venues return

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 23, 2021

Patrons showing up to take a dip in the hot tub or sweat in the saunas of Steamworks Baths in Berkeley last weekend may have seen something they haven't witnessed in a while — long lines of men stretching out the door.

Doors to Bay Area gay sex venues swing open

Doors to Bay Area gay sex venues swing open

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 2, 2021

Bay Area gay sex venues are welcoming back patrons as the region reopens up after over a year of lockdowns due to the COVID pandemic.

Golden age of hustlers: The rise and fall of the B.A.R.'s famous escort ads

Golden age of hustlers: The rise and fall of the B.A.R.'s famous escort ads

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Mar 31, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter has never shied away from expressing and exploring every aspect of the community, including sexuality. A look back at the 1990s peak of escort ads leads to bit of erotic nostalgia.

What drives desire - 'Kink: Stories' anthology explores sexuality

What drives desire - 'Kink: Stories' anthology explores sexuality

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Feb 16, 2021

'Kink: Stories,' edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, is an anthology of 14 blazing, vivid stories that come together and make up a collection that plunges into different definitions of the multi-layered discipline of intimacy.