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Out in the World: Democracy, LGBTQ rights were threatened around the world in 2023

Out in the World: Democracy, LGBTQ rights were threatened around the world in 2023

  • NEWS
  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 4, 2024

The year 2023 was marked by a severe global assault on LGBTQ rights and unexpected challenges and progress.

Former SF supe aide Tom Cooper dies in New York

Former SF supe aide Tom Cooper dies in New York

  • NEWS
  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 3, 2024

Tom Cooper, a gay man who once worked for former San Francisco supervisor Annemarie Conroy before launching a successful real estate career in New York City, died December 26.

SF Supervisor Engardio focuses on joy of job

SF Supervisor Engardio focuses on joy of job

  • NEWS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 3, 2024

During his first year representing the city's fourth supervisorial district, San Francisco Supervisor Joel Engardio weathered a number of stormy situations.

SOMA leather decals defaced with anti-police rhetoric

SOMA leather decals defaced with anti-police rhetoric

  • NEWS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 3, 2024

Nearly 20 leather pride flag decals wrapped around light posts in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood have been vandalized, according to the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District.

Editorial: SF archbishop needs to follow pope's directive

Editorial: SF archbishop needs to follow pope's directive

  • NEWS
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Jan 3, 2024

Sure, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will tell the public that he is following Pope Francis' recent directive to allow priests to bless couples in same-sex relationships.

News Briefs: Groups to detail fight to save Castro Theatre

News Briefs: Groups to detail fight to save Castro Theatre

  • NEWS
  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 3, 2024

Historians, preservationists, and community organizers will hold a public panel discussion on the fight to save the Castro Theatre Thursday, January 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Roxie Theater.

Political Notebook: Legislative candidates vow to strengthen CA being a trans refuge

Political Notebook: Legislative candidates vow to strengthen CA being a trans refuge

  • NEWS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 3, 2024

California lawmakers in 2022 declared the Golden State to be a refuge for transgender kids and their parents fleeing transphobic laws in their home states.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

  • NEWS
  • by BAR staff
  • Jan 3, 2024

After the orchestra seats are removed from the Castro Theatre, a reader suggests pop-up disco weekends for Pride Month.

Guest Opinion: Navigating gender transition in the workplace

Guest Opinion: Navigating gender transition in the workplace

  • NEWS
  • by Wynne Nowland
  • Jan 3, 2024

As the CEO of a business, you are responsible for the company's performance as well as its image in the eyes of employees, clients, and the public.

Obituaries: Jack Lasner

Obituaries: Jack Lasner

  • NEWS
  • by BAR staff
  • Jan 3, 2024

The obituary for Jack Lasner, who appeared in a 2017 documentary about older gay men.

Staff at sex shop chain Good Vibrations file to unionize

Staff at sex shop chain Good Vibrations file to unionize

  • NEWS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 3, 2024

The staff of Good Vibrations, a Bay Area chain of sex-positive adult toy retailers, have filed for a union election.

SF archbishop says priests can deny same-sex blessings

SF archbishop says priests can deny same-sex blessings

  • NEWS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 2, 2024

A document obtained by the Bay Area Reporter reveals that San Francisco's archbishop issued supplemental instructions to the archdiocese's Catholic priests stating they can deny blessing same-sex couples under some circumstances.

Out in the World: European court rules Poland violated same-sex couples' rights

Out in the World: European court rules Poland violated same-sex couples' rights

  • NEWS
  • by Heather Cassell
  • Dec 29, 2023

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that Poland violated five same-sex couples' rights by denying them the ability to legally recognize their relationships when they attempted to register to marry.

Obituaries: Sean Martinfield

Obituaries: Sean Martinfield

  • NEWS
  • by BAR staff
  • Dec 28, 2023

The obituary for Sean Martinfield, a professional singer and vocal coach who was an original member of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.