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Literary Grants, Fellowships and Awards Update

Literary Grants, Fellowships and Awards Update

By Jim Provenzano | Sep 16, 2020

Literary arts emergency grant recipients have been announced, George Takei wins an award, and Lambda Literary's LitFest schedule is announced.

A Weekend in the Castro: Businesses, Re-opened

A Weekend in the Castro: Businesses, Re-opened

By Jim Provenzano | Sep 14, 2020

Visitors to the Castro district on Sunday, Sept. 13 enjoyed outdoor dining, drinks and shopping at local stores. Safety and health precautions were heeded as patrons enjoyed themselves while supporting local businesses.

How Starving Public Health Fueled a COVID Fire in Florida

How Starving Public Health Fueled a COVID Fire in Florida

By Laura Ungar, Jason Dearen, Hannah Recht | Aug 24, 2020

As the nation starved the public health system intended to protect communities against disease, staffing and funding fell faster and further in the Sunshine State, leaving it especially unprepared for the worst health crisis in a century.

Castro Street Closure Request for Dining Plaza Hits Roadblock

Castro Street Closure Request for Dining Plaza Hits Roadblock

By Matthew S. Bajko | Aug 5, 2020

A request by the Castro Merchants to turn a portion of a street running through the heart of San Francisco's LGBTQ district into an outdoor dining plaza on weekends through the end of the year has run into a roadblock over fire vehicle access.

Editorial: Raise An Inclusive Castro Flag

Editorial: Raise An Inclusive Castro Flag

By BAR Editorial Board | Aug 5, 2020

The Castro Merchants, the organization of neighborhood businesses which oversees the iconic rainbow flag flying at Castro and Market streets, should consider installing a more inclusive version of the global symbol of LGBTQ rights.

Editorial: Show the Castro Some Love

Editorial: Show the Castro Some Love

By BAR Editorial Board | 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.

Mercy Housing Under Fire from 95 Laguna Resident

Mercy Housing Under Fire from 95 Laguna Resident

By John Ferranini | 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.

In SF LGBTQ Castro District, Commerce Moves Outside

In SF LGBTQ Castro District, Commerce Moves Outside

By Matthew S. Bajko | 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.

SOGI Data on COVID-19 Patients Must Now Be Reported, California Says

SOGI Data on COVID-19 Patients Must Now Be Reported, California Says

By John Ferrannini | 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.

Trump Lets New Yorkers Back Into Federal Travelers Program

Trump Lets New Yorkers Back Into Federal Travelers Program

By Marina Villeneuve | Jul 24, 2020

Five months after it kicked New Yorkers out of trusted traveler security programs in a spat over immigration policy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reversed itself.

As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible

As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible

By Anna Almendrala | Jul 20, 2020

In California, 18- to 49-year-olds now make up the majority of people testing positive for COVID-19. The number has risen sharply in the past month.

Virus Prompts Drastic Measures As Death Tolls Set Records

Virus Prompts Drastic Measures As Death Tolls Set Records

By Nomaan Merchant, Jeffrey Collins, and Aritz Parra | Jul 17, 2020

The coronavirus kept surging in hot spots around the U.S. on Thursday, with one city in South Carolina urging people to pray it into submission and a hospital in Texas bringing in military medical personnel.

Let the Good Times... Hold. Virus Recloses New Orleans Bars

Let the Good Times... Hold. Virus Recloses New Orleans Bars

By Kevin McGill, Janet McConnaughey | Jul 15, 2020

It's a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen.

Online Extra: Litquake's 'You, Me, And Everyone In Quarantine' June 16

Online Extra: Litquake's 'You, Me, And Everyone In Quarantine' June 16

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 16, 2020

For a bit of in-home literary inspiration, log on to the Litquake-sponsored reading, with Irene McCalphin, SevanKelee Boult, Wo Chan, Katie Fricas, Preeti Vangani, and host Baruch Porras-Hernandez.

Online Extra: Artists Create New Black Lives Matter Mural in Western Addition

Online Extra: Artists Create New Black Lives Matter Mural in Western Addition

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 13, 2020

The latest Black Lives Matter street mural, created on June 12 by was painted on Fulton Street with a direct view toward San Francisco's City Hall. Photographer Gooch captured a unique angle when he and his husband participated in the painting event.

Author Talk with Alvin Orloff, Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein

Author Talk with Alvin Orloff, Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 9, 2020

The San Francisco Public Library's 'On the Same Page' series presents author Alvin Orloff in a June 10 online conversation with authors Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein, who'll discuss the wild Bay Area '80s and '90s and literary topics.

Online Extra: Dining In: Black-Owned, Drag-Infused Meals to Go

Online Extra: Dining In: Black-Owned, Drag-Infused Meals to Go

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 3, 2020

Too pooped amid protests and a pandemic to prepare poultry? Bay Area Black-owned restaurants and Oasis' drag-hosted catered meals can nourish you through the revolution.

Homing's In: Pride Month Arts, Nightlife & Community Events

Homing's In: Pride Month Arts, Nightlife & Community Events

Jun 2, 2020

Amid protests and a pandemic, as Pride month gets underway, you can find a bit of relief with a rainbow of arts, nightlife and community events.

Online Extra: Smithsonian Pride Alliance Hosts Online Concert and LGBTQ Time Capsule

By Jim Provenzano | May 29, 2020

Join the Smithsonian's Pride Alliance to kick off Pride month with Project Pride - a virtual concert and time capsule of LGBTQ+ culture, with Jake Shears, Big Freedia, Rufus Wainwright, Indigo Girls, Pet Shop Boys and other talents.

Editorial: More Evidence SOGI Data is Needed

By BAR Editorial Board | May 27, 2020

The Williams Institute recently released new data revealing that more than 200,000 LGBT adults in the Golden State are at high risk for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

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