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Guest Opinion: Let the queerest generation vote

Guest Opinion: Let the queerest generation vote

  • by Ewan Barker Plummer
  • Nov 8, 2023

Growing up in San Francisco as a queer teen, I know how important the work of LGBTQ+ community leaders has been in creating a more accepting city.

Guest Opinion: Black queer women make history in California politics

Guest Opinion: Black queer women make history in California politics

  • by Jennifer Esteen
  • Nov 1, 2023

As the hottest labor fall in several generations churns on, Governor Gavin Newsom turned up the heat in the labor community by appointing Laphonza Butler to replace the late Dianne Feinstein as California's U.S. senator.

Guest Opinion: The AIDS crisis brought out the best in Dianne Feinstein

Guest Opinion: The AIDS crisis brought out the best in Dianne Feinstein

  • by Sal Rosselli
  • Oct 25, 2023

The last time Dianne Feinstein ran for U.S. Senate, the member-leaders of my union voted to endorse her opponent.

Guest Opinion: After 25 years, Matthew Shepard's legacy still lives

Guest Opinion: After 25 years, Matthew Shepard's legacy still lives

  • Oct 18, 2023

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. On October 6, 1998, Shepard was beaten, tortured and left to die, bound to a fence in a remote Wyoming field, not far from the small town of Laramie.

Guest Opinion: Attacks on queer youth ramp up in CA

Guest Opinion: Attacks on queer youth ramp up in CA

  • by Paulina Angel
  • Oct 11, 2023

There is an attack going on here in California, and the victims are transgender and gender non-conforming youth.

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

  • by Gabbi Tuft
  • Sep 27, 2023

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

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 25, 2023

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

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

  • by Kyson Bunthuwong
  • Sep 20, 2023

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

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

  • by Ken White
  • Sep 13, 2023

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

  • by Lex Lazar
  • Sep 6, 2023

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.

Guest Opinion: Why CBD works

Guest Opinion: Why CBD works

  • by Ali Stoddard
  • Aug 30, 2023

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

  • by by Ken Yeager
  • Aug 23, 2023

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.

Guest Opinion: Together forever? Think again

Guest Opinion: Together forever? Think again

  • by Bob Hughes
  • Aug 16, 2023

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.

Guest Opinion: 5 tips to save money without sacrificing your fabulous lifestyle

Guest Opinion: 5 tips to save money without sacrificing your fabulous lifestyle

  • by Joey Amato
  • Aug 9, 2023

Saving money is a crucial financial skill that can lead to greater fiscal stability and the achievement of long-term goals.