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Washington's 'Joints for Jabs' Vaccine Program Falling Flat

By Gene Johnson | Jun 10, 2021

It was designed as an innovative way to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, but Washington's new "joints for jabs" program is off to a rough start.

Burger King Introduces LGBTQ-Friendly Ch'King Sandwich to Troll Chick-fil-A

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 8, 2021

The fast-food giant tweeted last week that it would donate 40 cents to the Human Rights Campaign for every Ch'King sandwich sold during Pride Month.

Texas Bakery Finds Community Support Selling Pride Cookies

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 8, 2021

After posting about receiving hateful messages from some of its loyal customers, the bakery, located in Lufkin, Texas, found new support and customers from the LGBTQ community.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1979, Divinely Granted

By Jim Provenzano | Jun 3, 2021

While News stories covered the May 21 White Night Riots, in lighter fare drag theatre in 1979's Arts section included an interview, ads and a review of Divine's show, 'The Neon Woman,' while porn stars served as a lure to a members-only health club.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1978, Glad to be Gay

By Jim Provenzano | May 27, 2021

While the Tom Robinson Band, then known for the inspiring folk-derived anthem, "Glad to be Gay," had a performance at the Old Waldorf (444 Battery St.), the venue's promoters used the ad to politicize their pro-gay presence.

50 years in 50 Weeks 1977; Drawn to It

By Jim Provenzano | May 19, 2021

The B.A.R.'s June 23, 1977 illustrated cover, an ad for The Balcony bar, took a macho cartoonish focus with art by Chuck Arnett, who was known more famously for his mural on the wall of the Tool Box bar.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1976 — 'Oh, Rocky!'

By Jim Provenzano | May 12, 2021

The "advertorial" cover of the March 18, 1976 Bay Area Reporter did not include news of our nation's Bicentennial celebrations, but instead the hit production of "The Rocky Horror Show" and inside a 2-page interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Frameline to Cohost Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park

By Jim Provenzano | May 11, 2021

Frameline, the San Francisco Giants and SF Pride present the first-ever Pride Movie Nights June 11 & 12, with an outdoor screening of the new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "In the Heights."

Drive & Drag at Southland Mall — Photos by Steven Underhill

By Steven Underhill | May 11, 2021

Drag fans enjoyed fun shows at Hayward's Southland Mall May 7-9, as "RuPaul's Drag Race" stars and their hunky backup dancers put on a series of shows for fans in cars and at up-close outdoor VIP tables.

50 Years in 50 Weeks; 1975 - Empress and an Elephant

By Jim Provenzano | May 4, 2021

1975 was a great year for B.A.R. covers, but the most legendary image of the year is assuredly that of Empress Doris riding an elephant down Polk Street for the annual Gay Freedom Day Parade. How did it happen? And why?

Virus Cases Plunge and L.A., San Francisco Come Back to Life

By Brian Melley, Janie Har | May 4, 2021

The two cities have weathered the pandemic differently but are emerging in the same place after a statewide shutdown in March 2020 emptied streets, shuttered shops and restaurants, and darkened office buildings.

Disneyland Opening Highlights California's COVID Turnaround

By Amy Taxin | Apr 30, 2021

On Friday, Disneyland, California's world-famous theme park, will reopen to visitors after an unprecedented 13-month closure in what tourism officials hope is a sign of the state's rebound from the pandemic.

B.A.R. Talks Series Kicks Off with Photojournalist Rick Gerharter

By Jim Provenzano | Apr 29, 2021

Continuing the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary celebrations, May 6 kicks off our B.A.R. Talks series, with veteran photojournalist Rick Gerharter, who will discuss his career and new project, curating the GLBT History Museum's B.A.R. online exhibit.

50 in 50 April 1974: Undies at The EndUp

By Jim Provenzano | Apr 29, 2021

As advertised in the April 17, 1974 Bay Area Reporter, the EndUp's Jockey Short Contest, immortalized by Armistead Maupin in his best-selling "Tales of the City" series, took place frequently at the South of Market nightclub.

Whale of a Time: Appointment-Free Vaccinations at NYC's Museum of Natural History

Apr 25, 2021

Appointments are no longer mandatory at any of the coronavirus vaccination sites run by New York City, including its newest and maybe coolest location: beneath the giant blue whale at the Museum of Natural History.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mayor Open Times Square Vaccine Site

Apr 13, 2021

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday at the grand opening of a Times Square COVID-19 vaccination site intended to jump-start the city's entertainment industry.

Coney Island Attractions Reopen After Losing Year to Virus

Apr 12, 2021

The Wonder Wheel began turning and the Cyclone whipped into action as Coney Island's illustrious amusement parks reopened Friday after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered New York City's iconic summer playground all last year.

Las Vegas Pushes to Become First to Ban Ornamental Grass

By Sam Metz, Ken Ritter | Apr 12, 2021

A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: May 17, 1972 Chaotic Cowboy Contest

By Jim Provenzano | Apr 9, 2021

The Covered Wagon bar hosted the 1972 Mr. Cowboy contest, but things didn't go well, as reported in the B.A.R.'s May 17 issue. Many in attendance were "stirred into a frenzy of accusations, charges and counter-charges of fraud, fake fix and cheat."

California to Move to Statewide Reopening Plan in June

By Janie Har, Kathleen Ronayne | Apr 7, 2021

With summer approaching, more Californians getting vaccinated, and a recall threat looming, he's now taking a simpler approach: Come June 15, almost all restrictions will be lifted.

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