Special Issues :: 50th Anniversary

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1987, a page-turner

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1987, a page-turner

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 29, 2021

The lengthier arts section in the October 29, 1987 B.A.R. focused on the boom in 'gay and lesbian' literary subjects and reviews, from lesbian theater history to the work of James Broughton and a then-new author, Christopher Bram.

50 years in 50 weeks, 1987: Pope comes to SF

50 years in 50 weeks, 1987: Pope comes to SF

  • by BAR staff
  • Jul 28, 2021

One of the Bay Area Reporter's most famous covers greeted Pope John Paul II in 1987.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986 - Call me

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 22, 2021

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986, B.A.R. turns 15

50 years in 50 weeks: 1986, B.A.R. turns 15

  • by BAR staff
  • Jul 21, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter celebrated its 15th anniversary and the 17th observance of the Stonewall riots in our June 26, 1986 issue, which also marked San Francisco Pride.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1985, Dan White kills self

50 years in 50 weeks: 1985, Dan White kills self

  • by BAR staff
  • Jul 14, 2021

Seven years after he shot and killed gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone, the end came for Dan White when he died by suicide October 21, 1985 in the garage of his family's home in the Excelsior district.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - saluting Sylvester

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 8, 2021

Our weekly search for the year's best item stopped still for a fascinating two-page interview with the late great Sylvester. The feature served as an advance to his now-legendary Feb. 4 One Night Only concert at The Castro Theatre.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1984: Bathhouse battles

50 years in 50 weeks: 1984: Bathhouse battles

  • by BAR staff
  • Jul 7, 2021

In 1984, the AIDS epidemic was raging and some officials in San Francisco thought that if the city closed bathhouses, which were frequented by gay men, the spread of the disease could be slowed.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1983,Tom Ammiano on 'Pitfall Prancing'

50 years in 50 weeks: 1983,Tom Ammiano on 'Pitfall Prancing'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 30, 2021

Let's gander at a June 23 interview with Tom Ammiano, gay comic and later, politico and memoirist. Writer Scott Treimel's ruminative feature focuses on the politics of Tom's "sissy" stand-up style.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1983: Ross appointed to bridge board

50 years in 50 weeks: 1983: Ross appointed to bridge board

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 30, 2021

Bay Area Reporter founding publisher Bob Ross was appointed to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District Board of Directors.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1982 doubled the fun

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1982 doubled the fun

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 24, 2021

1982 saw the Bay Area Reporter moving to a weekly format, which provided twice as much fascinating coverage, including the year's best in arts, and a popular Dog Show on Castro Street with an appearance by Shirley MacLaine.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1982 Pride parade death

50 years in 50 weeks: 1982 Pride parade death

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 23, 2021

The 1982 San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day parade took a tragic turn when 19-year-old Darryl Anderson was killed when he fell under the wheels of a float.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1981: Cinema, Skinema

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1981: Cinema, Skinema

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 17, 2021

As Frameline celebrates its 45th anniversary, let's look back at coverage of their fifth anniversary in late June 1981, and the adult film advertised on the next page.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1981's AIDS editorial

50 years in 50 weeks: 1981's AIDS editorial

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 16, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter first mentioned what became HIV/AIDS about a month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice on June 5, 1981.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1980, 10th anniversary stage salute

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1980, 10th anniversary stage salute

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 10, 2021

The April 10 tenth anniversary issue, at a whopping 68 pages, featured a disco dance event on the cover, and looked back on the 'Bay Area Reporter's first decade. Included was an expansive series of articles on gay theater companies.