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Business Briefing: Amid bookstore uncertainty, queer authors series turns 5

Business Briefing: Amid bookstore uncertainty, queer authors series turns 5

As a monthly queer reading series marks its fifth anniversary of spotlighting out authors, the LGBTQ bookstore that hosts it in San Francisco's Castro district is facing an uncertain future due to the COVID pandemic.

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By Liz Highleyman | January 16, 2021

Margo St. James, a noted sex-positive feminist and pioneer of the sex workers' rights movement, died January 12 at age 83.

By Eric Jansen | January 15, 2021

Want a break from today's scary news?


By Matthew S. Bajko | January 14, 2021

A California lawmaker is again attempting to ban medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children in the Golden State.

By John Ferrannini | January 14, 2021

Fran Hutchins, who helped lead the fight for marriage equality in Maine as the regional field director for Mainers United for Marriage, took on a new role as the executive director of the Equality Federation at the beginning of the year.


By John Ferrannini | January 14, 2021

Four people were sworn in to the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees January 14 before the governing body reelected out members Shanell Williams and Tom Temprano as president and vice president, respectively, during its first meeting of the year.

By John Ferrannini | January 13, 2021

Longtime gay activist Ken Jones, a Black man who was key to the desegregation of LGBTQ activism, died January 13. He was 70.


By Matthew S. Bajko | January 13, 2021

For a year UC Berkeley graduate Juniperangelica Cordova's original diploma had sat on a bookshelf in her Alameda home wrapped in the envelope it arrived in.

By John Ferrannini | January 13, 2021

At a perilous time for many small businesses in the pandemic, a San Francisco supervisor is proposing legislation to fund nightlife venues while another board member spearheaded millions of dollars in regulatory relief.


By Matthew S. Bajko | January 13, 2021

The Alameda County Democratic Central Committee will see a record number of LGBTQ members serving on the oversight body for the local party this year.

By BAR Editorial Board | January 13, 2021

History was made last week when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors selected Shamann Walton, who represents District 10, to be its new president, the first Black man to take the powerful post.


By Heather Cassell | January 13, 2021

French LGBTQ cultural preservationists are standing their ground against the French government in their effort to establish an independent LGBTQ history archive and center in Paris.

By BAR staff | January 13, 2021

This week's corrections.


By Cynthia Laird | January 13, 2021

The Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest has announced that it is hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual tour in collaboration with three muesums.

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | January 13, 2021

Around 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 6, a mob of pro-Trump forces, QAnon believers, Proud Boys, and others assaulted the United States Capitol, whipped up into a frenzy by weeks of propaganda and a speech by outgoing President Donald Trump.


By BAR staff | January 13, 2021

This week's letters to the editor.

By John Ferrannini | January 12, 2021

The executive director of Openhouse, the leading service provider for San Francisco's LGBTQ seniors, has announced she will be leaving the position this spring in what she called "the most difficult decision I have ever made."


By Roger Brigham | January 12, 2021

Transgender powerlifter JayCee Cooper of Minnesota has filed a discrimination lawsuit against USA Powerlifting and the association's state chapter, alleging its policies preventing transgender women from competition are contrary to state anti-bias law.

By John Ferrannini | January 11, 2021

An online survey to solicit feedback about a proposed public safety camera program in the Castro neighborhood will end shortly before a February town hall on the contentious issue, according to the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District.


By Matthew S. Bajko | January 11, 2021

As long as they have negative COVID test results, California legislators will be returning to the state Capitol Monday (January 11) to get back to work as the pandemic continues to rage in the Golden State.

By John Ferrannini | January 8, 2021

A total of 40 LGBTQ organizations are calling for the "immediate removal of President Donald Trump" in the wake of the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by pro-Trump domestic terrorists that resulted in five deaths.


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