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Blakk to the Future: The Agitprop of Joan Jett-Blakk's Queer Visibility

By Michael Flanagan | Tuesday Nov 3, 2020
Queer Nation Chicago inspired Terence Alan Smith to become Joan Jett-Blakk and run a write-in campaign amid the reelection campaign of Richard M. Daley, and later, a write-in run for the presidency.

Bambi Lake, trans singer, succumbs to cancer Nov. 4 (updated)

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Nov 3, 2020
People expressed shock and sadness when it was announced on Facebook that transgender performer Bambi Lake had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment at Zuckerberg General Hospital. She died on November 4.

If We Were Electric: Stories by Patrick Earl Ryan

By Jim Piechota | Tuesday Nov 3, 2020
Infused with all the mystique and mystery that New Orleans is known for comes this enchanting, hypnotic debut story collection from Patrick Earl Ryan.

Election night(life) watch parties

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Nov 1, 2020
Want to ease the anxiety of the upcoming election? Some nightclubs and organizations without political affiliations will host online —and in-person— watch parties and related events. Here's a quick roundup to consider for your evening's choices.

June Millington: cofounder of Fanny, the pioneering women's band, is still rockin'

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
June Millington is the very definition of a living music legend. A founding member of celebrated '70s all-female rock band Fanny, Millington and her bandmates, including sister Jean, paved the way for everyone from the Runaways to the Go-Go's.

Theater, Technically: Bay Area plays with a political edge

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Oct 27, 2020
Shotgun Players, Berkeley Repertory and Marin Theatre Company each have new shows ready to be viewed safely online, with astute and timely political and social messages told through innovative ways.

Halloween horrors with a queer twist

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Oct 27, 2020
In the mood for something spooky? Here are some movies (and a book) you can watch to enhance your Halloween season. All titles have a decidedly queer twist.

Art for/by the People: galleries and museums, re-opened and/or online

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Oct 25, 2020
As health safety precautions remain in effect, some large museums have reopened under careful guidelines, while others, including smaller galleries, showcase beautiful and thought-provoking works online.

Homing's In Oct. 22-31 - arts, nightlife, community events

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Oct 22, 2020
As a mild sedative to pre-election jitters, why not sing, dance and laugh along at home with arts (Patti Lupone!), nightlife (Rocky Horror!) and community (Lily Tomlin!) events online, including a few pre-Halloween festivities.

Deafness, disasters and difference: The Lavender Tube on 'Deaf U.', 'COBRA,' and 'First Day'

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Nyle DiMarco's new show gives Gallaudet students a deaf reality show, COBRA's futuristic disaster series chills, and "First Day" introduces a trans teenager to high school life.

Eye-opener: an interview with queer singer-songwriter H.C. McEntire

By Gregg Shapiro | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
On her exceptional second album 'Eno Axis,' the North Carolina-based H.C. McEntire expands on the promise of her first record, delivering ten breathtaking songs on one of the best albums of 2020.

A boo-quet of scary movies: Screen Savor's take on 'Spiral,' 'Rent-A-Pal,' 'Followed' and the Dragula crew

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Oct 20, 2020
Three new horror films borrow known tropes with varying results. In "Spiral," a gay protagonist couple faces off with some creepy neighbors; also, "Rent-A-Pal," "Followed," and The Boulet Brothers' "Dragula: Resurrection" are reviewed.

Not curtains: theater companies adapt to retain audiences

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Oct 20, 2020
The most unusual new theater season in ages is now officially underway at Bay Area companies. From live-streamed productions to audio adaptations, new and classic plays are finding online audiences.

Equal time: History mini-series dramatizes LGBT lives

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Oct 20, 2020
In honor of LGBTQ History month, HBO Max has produced a new limited four-episode docudrama series called "Equal" about the trailblazers and unsung heroes who fought for queer justice and equality in the pre-Stonewall era.

Editorial: Next debate needs an LGBTQ question

By BAR Editorial Board | Sunday Oct 18, 2020
The final presidential debate set for October 22 must include at least one question about LGBTQ issues, especially since President Donald Trump has spent his entire term rolling back our rights and attempting to make us invisible.

Closed for months due to COVID, San Francisco gay sex venue reopens as 'jack-off club'

By John Ferrannini | Sunday Oct 18, 2020
Closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, gay sex venue Eros on upper Market Street in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood has re-opened as a "jack-off club," its co-owner told the Bay Area Reporter.

When GAY was good: Pioneering weekly magazine covered community and arts scene

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Oct 18, 2020
Two years before the Bay Area Reporter premiered, the New York City-based GAY covered politics, arts, civil rights and sexuality with a bold and groovy style. The complete issue collection from 1969 to 1974 is online.

Homing's In Oct. 15-24

By Jim Provenzano | Friday Oct 16, 2020
Mid-October, fall is ripe for surprises and scares. But you can still enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online, with several bars, museums and venues cautiously re-opening, too.

Biden pledges to mom of trans kid to protect LGBTQ rights: 'I will flat out change the law'

By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | Friday Oct 16, 2020
Joe Biden, asked Thursday evening during a town hall on ABC News by the mother of a transgender child how he'd reverse anti-LGBTQ policy during the Trump administration, was direct about in his plan: "I will flat out change the law."

Future of SF Eagle in question

Thursday Oct 15, 2020
The future of the South of Market bar the Eagle is in question as the community wonders what will happen to the leather-themed establishment following the sale of its building.

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