Opinion

Guest Opinion: From gender-affirming care to bathroom use: DeSantis impinges on LGBTQ issues

Guest Opinion: From gender-affirming care to bathroom use: DeSantis impinges on LGBTQ issues

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis first announced he was taking on Donald Trump in hopes of becoming the Republican nominee for president in 2024, early reports showed he held a steady lead over the former president.

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

It's time for Bay Area Reporter readers to cast their ballots for the LGBTQ newspaper's annual Best of the Bay contest.

Editorial: Newsom's risky move on guns

Editorial: Newsom's risky move on guns

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Sep 20, 2023

It's too early to tell whether Governor Gavin Newsom's "from the bottom up" call for a constitutional convention on gun safety will actually happen.

Guest Opinion: Pride in the midst of crisis: How giving circles empower LGBTQ+ communities

Guest Opinion: Pride in the midst of crisis: How giving circles empower LGBTQ+ communities

Over the years it's been heartening to see public support for LGBTQ+ rights increase considerably.

Editorial: Oakland NAACP should cut ties with Scott

Editorial: Oakland NAACP should cut ties with Scott

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Sep 13, 2023

The Oakland branch of the NAACP should sever its relationship with Seneca Scott, a failed mayoral candidate whose forays into homophobia and transphobia have only escalated in recent weeks.

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

When I worked at A Different Light Bookstore on Castro Street in the 1990s, it was the cultural hub of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Guest Opinion: Californians should not take the repeal of Prop 8 for granted

Guest Opinion: Californians should not take the repeal of Prop 8 for granted

As a former first-time candidate for public office, I am always looking for the political signage that pops up on yard signs and billboards at the beginning of an election cycle, to gauge the interest of voters in a campaign or candidate.

Editorial: Engaging the public in helping others

Editorial: Engaging the public in helping others

This week San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the city's Department of Emergency Management unveiled a new public education campaign about how to help people in crisis

Editorial: Bonta has more school districts to sue

Editorial: Bonta has more school districts to sue

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Aug 30, 2023

California Attorney General Rob Bonta this week filed a lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District because its board voted last month to adopt a mandatory gender identity disclosure policy.

Guest Opinion: Why CBD works

Guest Opinion: Why CBD works

There are many, many reasons why CBD, or cannabidiol, works, and a few reasons why CBD might not work for you.

Guest Opinion: In 1980, South Bay voters adopted anti-LGBTQ ballot measures

Guest Opinion: In 1980, South Bay voters adopted anti-LGBTQ ballot measures

When the gay rights movement was gaining steam across the country in 1977, Anita Bryant, a Miss America runner-up and Florida orange juice pitchwoman, entered the scene.

Editorial: Killed over a Pride flag

Editorial: Killed over a Pride flag

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Aug 23, 2023

In a shocking and horrific incident, a Southern California woman was shot to death because she had a rainbow flag flying outside her shop in Cedar Glen, a small town near Lake Arrowhead in Southern California.

Editorial: CA celebrates a summer of drag

Editorial: CA celebrates a summer of drag

  • EDITORIAL
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Aug 16, 2023

As drag entertainers find themselves increasingly under attack in many red states, California, not surprisingly, is tacking in the opposite direction.

Guest Opinion: Together forever? Think again

Guest Opinion: Together forever? Think again

I thought in 2023 this couldn't happen. In the past, partners I personally knew, who wanted to be with each other forever, were ripped apart upon death by families who exercised their right to do so.