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22 May 2019


Mandelman 'troubled' by police raid on journalists

LATEST NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | May 21

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told the Bay Area Reporter Monday that he is "troubled and concerned" with the San Francisco Police Department's raid on a local journalist's home and office.

Study confirms no transmissions with undetectable HIV

LATEST NEWS | By Liz Highleyman | May 20

The largest treatment-as-prevention study for gay and bisexual men confirms that people on antiretroviral therapy with undetectable viral load do not transmit HIV.

Online Extra: Political Notes: Two more CA LGBT bills shelved until 2020 session

LATEST NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | May 17

California lawmakers shelved two more LGBT bills as the majority of this year's legislation advancing LGBT rights heads for final votes in their house of origin.

Monarch resigns from East Bay drag court

NEWS | By Sam Moore | May 15

The reigning monarch of an East Bay drag court has resigned her title following backlash surrounding her alleged use of a racist term toward two former board members earlier this year.

Political Notebook: Growing list of East Bay cities celebrate Pride

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | May 15

Five decades after an uprising against police brutality at a New York City gay bar sparked the creation of Pride parades and festivals in June, the number of East Bay cities officially recognizing the annual LGBT celebration is growing.

Our Family Coalition ED to depart

NEWS | By Meg Elison | May 15

Our Family Coalition Executive Director Renata Moreira announced Monday, May 13, that she is resigning from the organization to spend more time with her family.

Milk's spirit lives on in art

NEWS | By Sam Moore | May 15

With 35 storefront windows throughout the Castro district displaying work by local artists beginning Friday, this year's Windows for Harvey exhibit is set to be the biggest one yet.

Updated: Report details CA schools failing LGBT students

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | May 15

A groundbreaking report has found that the majority of California's school districts are failing LGBT students.

Editorial: Gilead's self-serving donation

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | May 15

Gilead Sciences, the makers of Truvada, announced last week that it would provide up to 2.4 million free bottles of the its PrEP HIV prevention medication through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Arts & Culture

Andy Warhol unmasked

ART | By Sura Wood | May 21

"You cannot reach the end (or get to the bottom) of Warhol," Whitney Museum curator Donna De Salvo recently commented. Some visitors to "Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again" may feel the same.

What's up, DocFest?

MOVIES | By David Lamble | May 21

The 18th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest), running May 29-June 13 at the Roxie and Brava Theaters and 518 Gallery, is perhaps the finest showcase for nonfiction films this side of Sundance.

Night music

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | May 21

Gustav Mahler said, "A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything." San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has agreed throughout his own career.

Angels, birds, Barber

MUSIC | By Roberto Friedman | May 21

We've been listening obsessively to the new Patricia Barber release "Higher" (ArtistShare). The out lesbian jazz pianist Barber is one of our favorite recording artists.

Too little smoke, too much mirror

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | May 21

"I wish we had a bar like this," one of my companions exclaimed upon seeing Devin Kasper's irresistibly inviting set for "The View UpStairs."

Young love & its bittersweet aftermath

BOOKS | By Tim Pfaff | May 21

"Lie with Me" (Scribner) is as immediately involving and heart-breaking a tale of gay first love as I can recall.


The Raid on Tommy's Place - a case of Cold War anti-queer crackdowns

BARCHIVE | By Michael Flanagan | May 16

Paranoia, red-baiting and homophobia swept across the United States in the early 1950s like a cold fire, and San Francisco was not exempt from its reach. The vile Joseph McCarthy and his toady Roy Cohn engaged the country in the Army-McCarthy hearings.

Tom Reardon - His Honor the Cabaret Star

CABARET | By David-Elijah Nahmod | May 15

Tom Reardon returns to Feinstein's at The Nikko for his eighth show on May 16 and 17. The singer, who also performs in musical theater, will offer his usual eclectic mix of songs: everything from The Great American Songbook to Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.

EQCA Awards @ Fairmont Hotel

FUNDRAISER | By Steven Underhill | May 15

Equality California's annual awards gala, held at the Fairmont Hotel on May 11, included presentations of the Vanguard Leadership Award, presented by SF Mayor London Breed to Hon. Scott Weiner, who also got a birthday cake.

Ross & Roma on roasts - Celebrated Sister gets skewered on Saturday

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | May 13

Ross Mathews will MC a night of comic insults hurled at Sister Roma, but it's all in fun; the upbeat series regular on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' will serve as a tonic to the Jungle Red claw-like insults from Roma's drag pals on May 18 at the Castro Theatre.

Sex is a smorgasbord

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | May 9

I've noticed how remarkably precise and specific some people have become with their stated sexual identities and options. Those people should teach a class titled How to Turn Off a Sexual Partner in 60 Seconds or Less.

Funny Lady -  Maureen McVerry at Oasis

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | May 8

On Saturday May 18, funny lady Maureen McVerry will perform 'Verry McVerry 2019,' her ever-evolving, long-running cabaret act, at Oasis. It's a show that she has performed for an impressive 25 years.