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SF drag artist Joan Jett Blakk needs help after suffering stroke

SF drag artist Joan Jett Blakk needs help after suffering stroke

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 24, 2024

Joan Jett Blakk, a San Francisco drag performer who became famous for running for president of the United States in 1992, is in Oakland's Highland Hospital after suffering a stroke, according to two friends who spoke with the Bay Area Reporter.

Slew of CA LGBTQ bills survive first chamber votes

Slew of CA LGBTQ bills survive first chamber votes

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 24, 2024

A slew of LGBTQ bills is moving through the legislative process after California legislators adopted them out of their chamber of origin by the May 24 deadline.

Exclusive: LGBTQ designers hoped Target would boost their brands; instead they got the boot

Exclusive: LGBTQ designers hoped Target would boost their brands; instead they got the boot

  • by Cynthia Laird and John Ferrannini
  • May 24, 2024

At first, it seemed like a dream come true. LGBTQ designers and artists were recruited by Target to create merchandise for the giant retailer's Pride collection.

SF Dem Party urges city to declare hate 'public health crisis'

SF Dem Party urges city to declare hate 'public health crisis'

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 23, 2024

The San Francisco Democratic Party is calling on the city to find funds in its public health budget to support victim services and research best practices for hate crime prevention.

San Francisco LGBTQ nightclub OMG announces Pride Month closure

San Francisco LGBTQ nightclub OMG announces Pride Month closure

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 22, 2024

Club OMG in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood plans to close in early June.

Political Notebook: West Coast LGBTQ US House expansion falters in Oregon

Political Notebook: West Coast LGBTQ US House expansion falters in Oregon

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 22, 2024

Seeing all three West Coast states send LGBTQ people to Congress this year hit a wall in Oregon.

NorCal Pride parades, festivals start soon

NorCal Pride parades, festivals start soon

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 22, 2024

The start of Pride Month in June ushers in a bevy of parades, festivals, and other events in Northern California aimed at recognizing the LGBTQ community.

All 5 major SF mayor candidates make pitches for Milk club nod

All 5 major SF mayor candidates make pitches for Milk club nod

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 22, 2024

The news from Mayor London Breed may have not been what many members of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club wanted to hear during a May 21 forum.

Editorial: EQCA must 'be bold' on ballot measure

Editorial: EQCA must 'be bold' on ballot measure

  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • May 22, 2024

Equality California, the statewide LGBTQ rights organization, recently announced that it has selected its theme for Pride 2024: "Be Proud. Be Loud. Be Bold."

Guest Opinion: QTAPIs and SF Democrats must unite

Guest Opinion: QTAPIs and SF Democrats must unite

  • by Michael T. Nguyen
  • May 22, 2024

At a time when LGBTQ+ Americans continue to be persecuted for who they are and who they love, with 515 pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation being introduced across the country, there's power in being at the right place at the right time, even in the darkness.

Lawmakers request audit of CA AIDS office

Lawmakers request audit of CA AIDS office

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 22, 2024

Legislators have authorized an audit of the California office responsible for addressing the state's HIV prevention efforts and care for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Honoring Harvey Milk

Honoring Harvey Milk

  • by BAR staff
  • May 22, 2024

San Francisco Mayor London Breed addressed a gathering in Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro Sunday, May 19, as part of the activities celebrating Harvey Milk Day.

Political Notebook: 2nd gay candidate, Wright, seeks SF BART board seat

Political Notebook: 2nd gay candidate, Wright, seeks SF BART board seat

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 22, 2024

Widely expected to seek one of San Francisco's seats on the board overseeing the regional transit agency BART, former Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club Co-President Edward Wright made it official Wednesday.

New HIV cases continue to decline, CDC finds

New HIV cases continue to decline, CDC finds

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • May 22, 2024

New HIV infections in the U.S. continue to fall, with the greatest declines seen among gay and bisexual men, young people, and people living in the South, according to a set of HIV surveillance reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.