Special Issues

B.A.R. Talk 12: history in print
News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2021: AIDS marks 40 years

50 years in 50 weeks: 2021: AIDS marks 40 years

This is the final 50 years in 50 weeks of the News section looking back at the Bay Area Reporter's half-century of covering the LGBTQ community.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2021's anniversary

50 years in 50 weeks: 2021's anniversary

For our final arts and nightlife-themed 50 years in 50 weeks tribute, we'd like to share our April 1, 2021 64-page special edition, which included more than a dozen expansive features on the Bay Area Reporter's five decades of coverage.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2020: Milk's naval records

50 years in 50 weeks: 2020: Milk's naval records

The 50 years in 50 weeks feature is from 2020 when the Bay Area Reporter examined a trove of Harvey Milk's naval records.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2020's hindsight

50 years in 50 weeks: 2020's hindsight

Listen to the sound of endurance. In December 2020, our first year of the pandemic reached its end, yet artists found ways to endure, including musicians cloistered in home studios.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2019: AIDS quilt comes home

50 years in 50 weeks: 2019: AIDS quilt comes home

The November 21, 2019 issue contained big news: the National AIDS Memorial Grove announced that the San Francisco-based nonprofit would become the steward of the massive AIDS Memorial Quilt, which started in San Francisco in 1987.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2019's cruisy detours

50 years in 50 weeks: 2019's cruisy detours

As we reach the end of our 50 short tributes to the Bay Area Reporter's five decades, let's take a moment to talk about sex, particularly the B.A.R.'s coverage of it, in abundance.

11th B.A.R. Talk focuses on arts

11th B.A.R. Talk focuses on arts

In our nearly final yearlong celebrations of the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, our eleventh monthly online panel, set for March 10, will focus on fifty years of arts coverage with former and current editors and writers.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2018 Rainbow flag co-creator goes public

50 years in 50 weeks: 2018 Rainbow flag co-creator goes public

A year after the death of Gilbert Baker, who was widely credited with creating the iconic rainbow flag, a Southern California woman went public that she and another man actually helped Baker create the very first rainbow flag in 1978.

50 years in 50 weeks: Big Freedia bounced 2017

50 years in 50 weeks: Big Freedia bounced 2017

When Big Freedia comes to town, we bow down for the Queen of Bounce. The New Orleans singer, TV star, cook and author performed at Mezzanine in April 2017, and writer Cornelius Washington shared a fun Q&A.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2017: SF shuts down right-wing protesters

50 years in 50 weeks: 2017: SF shuts down right-wing protesters

It was August 2017 when San Francisco activists and officials got word far-right Patriot Prayer group planned to hold a "free speech" rally at Crissy Field.

50 years in 50 weeks: Shirley f-in' Manson in 2016

50 years in 50 weeks: Shirley f-in' Manson in 2016

While probably not the most historic article of 2016, for this writer, it was a red-letter day to interview Shirley Manson, lead singer for the band Garbage.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2016: Pulse tragedy

50 years in 50 weeks: 2016: Pulse tragedy

It was a sunny day in the Bay Area on Sunday, June 12, 2016 when news broke that there was a terrible mass shooting inside Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015: Work begins on senior housing project

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015: Work begins on senior housing project

After years of delays and negotiations to see that it was affordable, the Bay Area Reporter's April 16, 2015 issue had good news for LGBTQ seniors: work was finally beginning on a below-market-rate apartment complex at 55 Laguna Street.