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First US Omicron COVID case detected in SF

First US Omicron COVID case detected in SF

The first case in the United States of the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in San Francisco, local and national health officials announced December 1.

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By Eric Jansen | December 3, 2021

As we enter our 22nd month under COVID-19's cloud — with a new variant upon us — it's clear we'll have another holiday season unlike those of yesteryear.

By Matthew S. Bajko | December 2, 2021

The San Francisco Planning Commission has unanimously approved the redevelopment project proposed for the Church Street site of the former Sparky's Diner.


By Matthew S. Bajko | December 2, 2021

After four years of overseeing the country's first municipal office dedicated to transgender issues, Clair Farley is departing to pursue other opportunities outside of the city.

By John Ferrannini | December 2, 2021

Gavin McEachern, the new acting captain of Mission Station, spoke to the Castro Merchants Association meeting December 2 as fear of crime has become more palpable in the city.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 2, 2021

Names were written in chalk onto Castro Street sidewalks as part of Inscribe on World AIDS Day to colorfully remember those lost to the disease, now in its 40th year, and the COVID-19 pandemic that began over a year ago.

By John Ferrannini | December 2, 2021

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club opted to keep a temporary memorial to the slain supervisor and mayor up after it was vandalized. "We wanted to not hide the disrespect and disregard," the club's co-president said.


By Lisa Keen | December 2, 2021

The primary issue before the U.S. Supreme Court December 1 was abortion, but a swirl of other critical questions drew the justices' attention.

By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

Lesbian San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson said, "I've been very clear about being queer, being out, and what is acceptable behavior" when asked about three pending lawsuits against the department alleging anti-LGBTQ discrimination.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 1, 2021

After canceling the public Hanukkah celebration in the Castro last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 people turned out November 30 for the return of the large menorah in Jane Warner Plaza.

By Liz Highleyman | December 1, 2021

Despite overall progress in reducing HIV among men who have sex with men, Black and Latino gay and bisexual men are not seeing the same improvements as white men.


By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

An Oakland gay couple is imploring anyone who may have knowledge to come forward after an unknown assailant shot one of them inside their home October 30 while he was holding their 5-week-old child.

By Heather Cassell | December 1, 2021

Global Black Pride will host its first in-person event in Toronto, July 28-31.


By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

An independent contractor investigated the state Office of AIDS in the wake of a fraud scandal. A 2019 report obtained by the B.A.R. found a lack of "direction, leadership, oversight and mentorship."

By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

In 2004, LGBTQ activists began a sustained effort accusing gay Badlands owner Les Natali of discriminating against Black patrons of the Castro bar.


By Cynthia Laird | December 1, 2021

In observance of World AIDS Day, the ONE Archives Foundation, in collaboration with the Invisible Histories Project, will present an encore and final presentation of the virtual reading of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play "The Normal Heart."

By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

Santa joined Mayor London Breed and other local notables to greet the crowd at the annual lighting of the Castro holiday tree November 29.


By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

A smaller crowd than usual gathered at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park November 30 for Light in the Grove.

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | December 1, 2021

In the earliest days of what would eventually become my transition, within weeks of my first coming out to the person who would become my spouse of 29 years and counting, I was handed a gift box.


By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

People joined in the Castro on November 27 for the 43rd anniversary of the assassinations of gay supervisor Harvey Milk and then-mayor George Moscone.

By by Jay Blotcher and Cynthia Laird | December 1, 2021

Veteran progressive activist and TV, film, and stage producer Scott Robbe died November 21, according to a statement by Paul Algiers, a longtime friend and the executor of Mr. Robbe's estate.


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