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Besties forever: Jack & Yaya's true love story

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Aug 5, 2020
Seeing as how 'Jack & Yaya' is first-time co-directors Jen Bagley and Mary Hewey's full-length documentary debut, Bagley and Hewey get more right than wrong in their rendering of this touching true story.

'Upon This Rock' - David Eugene Perry's gay noir novel

By Will Snyder | Wednesday Aug 5, 2020
Church history, scandals and hypocrisy and international intrigue set in San Francisco and Italy make the author's debut novel an interesting read.

Tituss Burgess says, 'Dance, M.F.'

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Aug 3, 2020
You loved him in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ("Peenooooo Noir!") and other shows. Tituss Burgess' newest song, "Dance, M.F.," speaks to us now about letting our inhibitions down in a time of crisis.

Crescendo, SF Gay Men's Chorus gala, to include special guests

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Aug 3, 2020
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' annual Crescendo gala goes online with honors to singer-actor Billy Porter, activist Ariadne Getty, and special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Alex Newell, Wilson Cruz, and more.

Efren Ramirez, beloved SF gay photographer, remembered

By Daniel Nicoletta | Friday Jul 31, 2020
Efren Convento Ramirez, a gay man who was a photographer for the now-defunct San Francisco Sentinel newspaper, is being remembered several years after his death.

Bugs Bunny US stamps first to depict images of drag

Friday Jul 31, 2020
In issuing a new series of stamps honoring Bugs Bunny that includes two depicting the cartoon rabbit in women's clothing, the U.S. Postal Service has for the first time featured images of drag on the country's postage.

Homing's In: community, arts, nightlife online July 31- Aug. 7

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Jul 30, 2020
Another Zoom opening, another show - online, of course. When you're not masking up outside, enjoy arts, nightlife and community events at home.

SF Castro's Badlands to close permanently

Thursday Jul 30, 2020
The Castro nightclub Badlands at 4121 18th Street will not be reopening, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Murder, malice and misbehavior: The Lavender Tube on 'The Alienist,' 'Grantchester' and 'Ellen'

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
The 'Ellen' show is under investigation, 'Grantchester's gay story line gets more compelling, and 'The Alienist' (with out gay actor Luke Evans) addresses historic and contemporary problems.

In SF LGBTQ Castro district, commerce moves outside

By Matthew S. Bajko | Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
Missing one of her favorite spots in the Castro, Veronika Fimbres took her friend Desiree Ruskin to Harvey's last Friday for lunch, grabbing one of the tables set up on the sidewalk.

Mercy Housing under fire from 95 Laguna resident

By John Ferranini | Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
A disabled bisexual woman who is a resident of 95 Laguna Street is seeking mediation with Mercy Housing following a series of injuries she said she sustained after moving to the San Francisco affordable housing complex geared toward LGBTQ seniors.

Editorial: Show the Castro some love

By BAR Editorial Board | Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
It's been a stark four months of mostly sheltering in place for the city — and the rest of the Bay Area — but there are signs that the Castro is coming back to life.

Chicks, still chirping: Natalie Maine, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire on their new music and revised band name

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
The Chicks have now, thankfully, reunited for the amazing new record 'Gaslighter.' The album contains everything you love about The Chicks, including breathtaking vocal solos and harmonies.

All God's children get off - 'Yes, God, Yes' reveals Catholic school kinks

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
For her feature-length directorial debut, Karen Maine doesn't shy away from subject matter that hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. In the case of 'Yes, God, Yes,' the hot button topic (so to speak) is female masturbation.

SOGI data on COVID-19 patients must now be reported, California says

By John Ferrannini | Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
California will now be requiring health care providers and local health departments to report data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of COVID-19 patients, according to a July 28 news release.

Moby Dick fundraisers support bar, staff

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
Moby Dick, the popular Castro district bar, is raising funds for employees and the owners' expenses in two online fundraisers.

For Kim David Smith, life is a cabaret

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
Kim David Smith, a gay Australian native who now lives and works in New York City, has released his first concert album: 'Live at Joe's Pub.' Smith's concert conjures up images of smoky nightclubs in Weimer Era Germany.

Remembering John Lewis: 'Good Trouble' documentary recounts a life of activism

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
The new documentary by Dawn Porter, 'John Lewis: Good Trouble,' makes no pretense of being anything but a paean to Lewis's life and activist work.

'Written in Invisible Ink:' Hervé Guibert's posthumous publication

By Mark William Norby | Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
The incurable hotness of French Author Hervé Guibert owes nothing to the timely and shattering content of his mind and the publication of a most original work, 'Written in Invisible Ink,' published decades after his death from AIDS in 1991.

New Conservatory Theatre Center cancels 2020 season, continues online programs

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Jul 26, 2020
New Conservatory Theatre Center, one of the countries busiest LGBTQ-focused performing arts groups, announced the cancellation of its Fall 2020 season, but some online programs will continue.

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