Opinion

Guest Opinion: Kink at Pride debate newest example of straight colonization

Guest Opinion: Kink at Pride debate newest example of straight colonization

Recently, the topic of kink- and fetish-related exhibits at Pride parades has become a flashpoint within the culture war

Editorial: LGBTQ visibility is power

Editorial: LGBTQ visibility is power

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Jun 23, 2021

It was a like bolt of lightning to mark the beginning of Pride week: a professional football defensive end came out as gay while still an active player, a first.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

This week's letters to the editor asks that Supervisor Rafael Mandelman do more for the Castro commercial district.

Guest Opinion: SF budget invests in LGBTQs

Guest Opinion: SF budget invests in LGBTQs

This Pride week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has been busy finalizing our city's budget with big investments in our LGBTQ+ community.

Editorial: CA has reopened at last

Editorial: CA has reopened at last

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Jun 16, 2021

Most of us were downright giddy on Tuesday as we ventured outdoors without face coverings for the first time in more than a year of surviving the COVID-19 pandemic

Guest Opinion: Being out at Wells Fargo

Guest Opinion: Being out at Wells Fargo

I came out to my family when I was 26 years old. Even though I was certain they'd be loving and supportive once they wrapped their heads around the news, for some reason, the idea of saying "I'm gay" was terrifying.

Editorial: Ramachandran for East Bay Assembly seat

Editorial: Ramachandran for East Bay Assembly seat

Residents in Alameda, San Leandro, and part of Oakland have started early voting in the June 29 special primary election for the 18th Assembly District seat.

Guest Opinion: California vs. 34 other states: The fight to defend our transgender and gender-nonconforming community

Guest Opinion: California vs. 34 other states: The fight to defend our transgender and gender-nonconforming community

This year, GOP-controlled states throughout our country have advanced an unprecedented number of discriminatory bills targeting our transgender and gender-nonconforming community, particularly TGNC young people.

Guest Opinion: You can be open about addiction

Guest Opinion: You can be open about addiction

What queer identity and addiction have in common is that one can choose to be closeted about both.

Editorial: AIDS at 40 — and beyond

Editorial: AIDS at 40 — and beyond

It was scary. On June 5, 1981, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report noted five cases of pneumocystis pneumonia among previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles.

Guest Opinion: HIV/AIDS is not over

Guest Opinion: HIV/AIDS is not over

Oaklawn, Dallas, 1984. Back then, I stopped into the Crossroads Market about once a week to pick up the latest issue of the New York Native, a gay political newsprint magazine where I could get the very latest information about AIDS.

Guest Opinion: 'One of the men who fought the war': Life as an AIDS casualty

Guest Opinion: 'One of the men who fought the war': Life as an AIDS casualty

Like every gay man paying attention at the time, I heard about the "new disease" afflicting gay men not long after it was first reported in 1981.

Editorial: LGBTQ person needed for SF police panel

Editorial: LGBTQ person needed for SF police panel

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • May 26, 2021

Now that Petra DeJesus has left the San Francisco Police Commission, the Board of Supervisors, which selects the candidate for that seat, needs to ensure that an LGBTQ individual is chosen.

Guest Opinion: Stop signing up for ageism

Guest Opinion: Stop signing up for ageism

As I prepare for my last day as the executive director of Openhouse on May 31, I am left speechless by the honor it has been to do this job.