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Besties 2020: Readers can't wait for their favorites to return

Besties 2020: Readers can't wait for their favorites to return

In this time of staying at home and practicing physical distancing when we venture out, it's not a surprise that the majority of this year's Besties winners are not open right now.

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By Liz Highleyman | April 3, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 1 granted its first emergency use authorization for an antibody test that could show if people are immune to the new coronavirus.

By Cynthia Laird | April 3, 2020

This weekend's 150th birthday celebration at Golden Gate Park was postponed weeks ago due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, but a series of virtual concerts that people can watch for free will begin Saturday, April 4.


By Cynthia Laird | April 2, 2020

Pharmacy students at UCSF have organized a personal protective equipment drop-off site at a Castro area pharmacy Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By John Ferrannini | April 2, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced major changes to its ban on blood donations from men who've had sex with men.


By Matthew S. Bajko | April 2, 2020

A nationwide campaign is underway aimed at encouraging LGBTQ people to seek public office.

By Cynthia Laird | April 2, 2020

Vacations and weddings may be on hold, but our readers voted for their favorite dream destinations and venues for special events.


By Cynthia Laird | April 2, 2020

Once the coronavirus outbreak has eased and public health restrictions are lifted, expect lots of LGBT nonprofit organizations to actively seek funds and other resources. In the meantime, here are a few of Bay Area Reporter readers' favorites.

By Cynthia Laird | April 2, 2020

Bike shops, grocers, banks and barbershops, bookstores, car dealers and more were voted as this year's Best of the Bay by our readers.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | April 2, 2020

The people have spoken. The Bay Area Reporter is pleased to announce the 2020 winners in the Besties' Arts and Culture Categories. These are the places that bring (in your opinion) the finest highbrow entertainment the Bay Area has to offer.

By Jim Gladstone | April 2, 2020

When the lockdown finally ends and we're able to get out and about to socialize over our vittles once again, this year's Restaurant Besties will be here to help.


By Cornelius Washington | April 2, 2020

Even though we, as a nation, are going through some very trying times, the winners in these categories, voted for by Bay Area Reporter readers, should inspire you to get your freak on once social distancing becomes a thing of the past.

By Michael Flanagan | April 2, 2020

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Celebrating the past year and with an eye toward the future, let's bring on this year's Bestie-winning events.


By Jim Gladstone | April 2, 2020

What would queer San Francisco be without our nocturnal animals, the revelers and entertainers and service stars? Let's raise a glass (make it a double), to this year's Nightlife People Bestie winners.

By Michael Flanagan | April 2, 2020

With the closure of bars due to Covid-19, reading about which bars are best in the Bay Area according to our readers may be a bit like looking through the window of a candy shop when it's closed.


By Ed Walsh | April 1, 2020

Longtime SF AIDS physician sees promising results in experimental HIV drug to treat COVID-19.

By Michael Yamashita | April 1, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.


By Matthew S. Bajko | April 1, 2020

The first half of San Francisco's under-construction plaza dedicated to leather culture is now accessible to passersby on foot or bicycle. The remaining section isn't expected to be complete until late April or early May.

By John Ferrannini | April 1, 2020

LGBT community leaders call upon people to change their sexual habits amid a deadly viral pandemic. A recalcitrant few refuse, while many more are wracked with fear. Government orders shutter queer spaces.


By John Ferrannini | April 1, 2020

The public health infrastructure traditionally dedicated to fighting sexually transmitted diseases has shifted its focus to fighting the novel coronavirus as a recent report showed an increase in syphilis cases in San Francisco.

By Jesus Guillen | April 1, 2020

From the first time I heard the words social distancing I felt a headache. I knew something was not right. But the words kept flowing down the river, and people kept accepting those 16 letters as the bible of reality.


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