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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

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 4, 2024

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

SF Supervisor Engardio focuses on joy of job

SF Supervisor Engardio focuses on joy of job

  • 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.

Former SF supe aide Tom Cooper dies in New York

Former SF supe aide Tom Cooper dies in New York

  • 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.

Editorial: SF archbishop needs to follow pope's directive

Editorial: SF archbishop needs to follow pope's directive

  • 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.

SOMA leather decals defaced with anti-police rhetoric

SOMA leather decals defaced with anti-police rhetoric

  • 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.

News Briefs: Groups to detail fight to save Castro Theatre

News Briefs: Groups to detail fight to save Castro Theatre

  • 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

  • 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.

Guest Opinion: Navigating gender transition in the workplace

Guest Opinion: Navigating gender transition in the workplace

  • 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

  • by BAR staff
  • Jan 3, 2024

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

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

  • 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.

Staff at sex shop chain Good Vibrations file to unionize

Staff at sex shop chain Good Vibrations file to unionize

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.