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Ding! Ding! San Francisco's Cable Cars Are Running Again

By Olga R. Rodgriguez | Aug 3, 2021

San Francisco's iconic cable cars were chiming their bells and rolling again on the city's hills Monday after being sidelined for 16 months by the pandemic.

Florida Breaks Record for COVID -19 Hospitalizations

By Mike Schneider | Aug 2, 2021

A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available.

Phatima Rude Memorial to Be Held Aug. 1 at Public Works

By Jim Provenzano | Jul 27, 2021

Known for outrageous and unique performances, the late local drag performer Phatima Rude (Leigh Pankonin) will be remembered at a gathering on August 1 at Public Works.

LGBTQ Advocates Celebrate Approval of Two Illinois Marriage Certificate Modernization Bills

Jul 27, 2021

Trans and non-binary people who were married in Illinois will now be able to obtain marriage certificates that reflect their authentic selves, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. JB Pritzker.

Woman Removed From Flight During Homophobic Rant

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 22, 2021

On an American Airlines Dallas-bound flight, a woman and her travel companions were being removed for not following mask mandates when she launched into the bigotted rant.

Mask Mandate Back on in Los Angeles as Virus Cases Rise

By Christopher Weber, John Antczak | Jul 16, 2021

Los Angeles County residents will again be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, most of them the highly transmissible delta variant.

Red State, Blue State, Twin Outbreak: Behind Wyoming and Colorado's COVID Spikes

By Rae Ellen Bichell | Jul 15, 2021

"Small rises in cases in rural areas can have devastating consequences because, chances are, there's fewer health care resources in those places in order to save lives," says epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo.

Missouri Hospital Opens 6th Virus Ward as Variant Rages

Jul 13, 2021

A Springfield, Missouri, hospital has opened its sixth COVID-19 ward as the delta virus variant rages in the state's southwest region.

Inside Provincetown's Legacy of Transgender Representation


From the Portuguese immigrants of the 1860s and the varied artists of the 1900s to today's flourishing LGBTQ community, Provincetown continues to be a haven of acceptance.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1984 - Saluting Sylvester

By Jim Provenzano | Jul 8, 2021

Our weekly search for the year's best item stopped still for a fascinating two-page interview with the late great Sylvester. The feature served as an advance to his now-legendary Feb. 4 One Night Only concert at The Castro Theatre.

Watch: Va. School District Appealing Teacher's Return After Opposing Pronoun Policy

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 8, 2021

Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia is fighting a judge's ruling to reinstate Byron "Tanner" Cross after he was placed on leave for calling the preferred pronoun policy child abuse.

California Virus Cases Rising as Delta Variant Spreads

By Amy Taxin, Stefanie Dazio | Jul 1, 2021

California broadly reopened its economy barely two weeks ago and since then an especially contagious coronavirus variant has spread among the unvaccinated.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1983,Tom Ammiano on 'Pitfall Prancing'

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 30, 2021

Let's gander at a June 23 interview with Tom Ammiano, gay comic and later, politico and memoirist. Writer Scott Treimel's ruminative feature focuses on the politics of Tom's "sissy" stand-up style.

New Jersey Issues Apology for Systemic Discrimination Against LGBTQ Bars

Jun 30, 2021

For 34 years, the state of New Jersey manipulated its liquor laws to disenfranchise the LGBTQ community, and now it's owning up, issuing a formal apology from the state's governor and attorney general.

LA County Urges Indoor Masks Even if Vaccinated

Jun 29, 2021

Health officials in Los Angeles County are recommending, but not making mandatory that people wear masks indoors in public places regardless of their vaccination status.

Georgia Sued for Ban on Gender-Affirming Care Under Medicaid

Jun 25, 2021

Two transgender women are suing the state of Georgia, saying they've been denied access to gender-affirming health care under its Medicaid program.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1982 Doubled the Fun

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 24, 2021

1982 saw the Bay Area Reporter moving to a weekly format, which provided twice as much fascinating coverage, including the year's best in arts, and a popular Dog Show on Castro Street with an appearance by Shirley MacLaine.

Unvaccinated Missourians Fuel COVID

By Heather Hollingsworth | Jun 24, 2021

As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the country.

First Look: New Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Erected in Long Beach

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 19, 2021

After a suspected arson destroyed the original tower, the community came together to put up a new symbol of Pride at Long Beach.

After Years of Harassment, Gay Couple Finds Out Neighbor is Responsible

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 19, 2021

A married gay couple in Milton, Massachusetts, recently discovered that their neighbor was behind years of homophobic harassment.

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