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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.

Transmissions: Papers, please

Transmissions: Papers, please

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 8, 2020

You don't need me to tell you how difficult and challenging these times are. We're all living through a pandemic and the affiliated economic collapse, made all the worse by an inept and cruel response from a corrupt federal government.

Transmissions: Life during germ time

Transmissions: Life during germ time

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 25, 2020

Some people think that being transgender is a mere choice, just a bunch of people who — apologies to my non-trans female siblings — just want to wear a dress and makeup and call themselves women.

Transmissions: My life is not your hypothetical

Transmissions: My life is not your hypothetical

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 11, 2020

Across the country, right now, state legislators continue pushing bills that seek to legislate transgender lives.

Transmissions: Trans athletes: 80 years of controversy

Transmissions: Trans athletes: 80 years of controversy

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 26, 2020

I recently discussed some of the many bills making their way through statehouses this year, attempting to curtail, or even criminalize, transgender care.

Transmissions: What lies ahead

Transmissions: What lies ahead

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 12, 2020

In statehouses around the country, the 2020 legislative sessions have fired up — and with them, several bills have been introduced to curtail the rights of transgender people.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Lesbian couple launches CBD startup

Bay Area Cannasseur: Lesbian couple launches CBD startup

  • by Sari Staver
  • Feb 5, 2020

A year after selling Hip Chick Farms, their multimillion-dollar natural foods company, two Bay Area lesbians moved to a 10-acre lavender farm in Oregon to build what they hope will be their next successful startup: a CBD snack business.

Transmissions: A hair-raising talk of race, sex, and gender

Transmissions: A hair-raising talk of race, sex, and gender

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 29, 2020

While I typically write about trans issues, this particular column will not start with a story about a transgender or nonbinary person. Rather, it begins with a story about hair. Specifically, DeAndre Arnold's hair.

Transmissions: New year, new (trans) you

Transmissions: New year, new (trans) you

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 15, 2020

I want to take a moment to primarily speak to those who may be questioning whether they may be trans or nonbinary themselves, or are still fairly new to the potential transitions. Don't worry, if that isn't you, you're still welcome to read on.

Transmissions: 2020: The stakes have never been higher

Transmissions: 2020: The stakes have never been higher

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 30, 2019

As you read this, we are ushering in 2020, and while we can debate if this is the start of a new decade, or just the beginning of the "20s," it seems all-too-clear that we live in some very challenging times.

Transmissions: Of lights, family, and the holidays

Transmissions: Of lights, family, and the holidays

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 18, 2019

Christmas lights used to be wired in such a way that if one bulb perished, the whole string would fail to light up. You had to go, bulb by bulb, trying to find that one filament that had given up the ghost.

Jock Talk: Elite sports need to grow a spine

Jock Talk: Elite sports need to grow a spine

  • by Roger Brigham
  • Dec 18, 2019

Two years ago, I wrote a facetious JockTalk column that said the best holiday gift the collective sports world could get would be a moral compass. This year I think our sports world could use a spine.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Affordable cannabis gifts can fill stockings

Bay Area Cannasseur: Affordable cannabis gifts can fill stockings

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 4, 2019

From $5 stocking stuffer socks to $175 edible-making machines, you'll have no trouble finding gifts for the cannabis aficionado in your life this holiday season.

Transmissions: The trans body

Transmissions: The trans body

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 4, 2019

Transphobia, like homophobia, isn't generally using the suffix "-phobia" to mean "fear," but to mean "aversion." It's the same notion as hydrophobic surfaces refer to their ability to repel water.