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Sam Jay --

By Jim Provenzano | Sunday Sep 20, 2020
As the first Black lesbian writer for 'Saturday Night Live,' comic Sam Jay's stand-up show is now on Netflix, breaking new ground there as well.

Fall forward: a reading list for early autumn

By Gregg Shapiro | Saturday Sep 19, 2020
Pick from an autumnal harvest of praiseworthy books in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Homing's In: nightlife, arts & community events Sept. 17-26

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Sep 17, 2020
Danceable, musical, literary and filmic fun fills your interwebs with continued hope, healing and hum-dingin' fun. Zoom in, log on, click away.

Literary grants, fellowships and awards update

By Jim Provenzano | Wednesday Sep 16, 2020
Literary arts emergency grant recipients have been announced, George Takei wins an award, and Lambda Literary's LitFest schedule is announced.

Frameline features, part II: queer cinema's maturity, complexity

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Sep 15, 2020
Having watched Frameline44's new roster of narrative features, what becomes increasingly evident is that queer cinema is maturing by bravely dealing with often taboo topics in inventive ways, creating thoughtful, even provocative movie-going experiences.

A weekend in the Castro: businesses, re-opened

By Jim Provenzano | Monday 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.

Shorts attention span: Frameline44 short films in comedy, romance, documentary and animation

By Jim Provenzano | Monday Sep 14, 2020
Short film programs have long been a popular favorite with Frameline patrons. They not only bring succinct stories to the screen, but also give fledgling filmmakers a first look at their talents.

Marga Gomez keeps us laughing: 'Spanking Machine' to play online

By Jim Provenzano | Saturday Sep 12, 2020
In her live-streaming queer Cuban comedy-drama 'Spanking Machine,' Marga Gomez shares the story of the first boy she ever kissed and how it made them both gay forever.

Matthew Simmons April 28, 1960-Sept. 8, 2020: healer, social worker, musician, was also known as drag performer Peggy L'Eggs

By Jim Provenzano | Saturday Sep 12, 2020
Matthew Simmons, known to many as his drag persona Peggy L'Eggs, died peacefully and unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8 at his Oakland apartment. Friends and colleagues offered a stream of tributes and remembrances.

Cuckoo back-stories: The Lavender Tube on 'Ratched,' 'The Boys' Season 2, 'Transplant' and some 'Real Housewives'

By Victoria A. Brownworth | Wednesday Sep 9, 2020
Some new series debut this month. The combination of fire season and extreme heat is keeping many of us indoors, so TV is a reliable go-to: An endorphin rush for calming nerves jangled by a rogue president, climate crisis and the pandemic.

Focus on Frameline44 features, part I

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Sep 8, 2020
Under demanding circumstances, Frameline has scheduled an exciting array of American and international films, (including a special spotlight on Taiwan) that will temporarily brighten your mood during these tense days and make queer cinema visible.

Frameline documentaries explore LGBTQ Life

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Sep 8, 2020
Like everything else during the Coronavirus pandemic, Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, has moved online. Documentary shorts and features have always been a major part of the menu, and Frameline 44 is no exception.

Out in Columbus - Buckeye capital's LGBT-friendly tourist sites

By Article and Photos: Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Sep 8, 2020
In March 2020, I joined a press trip to Columbus' Short North District with other journalists. As a former Ohioan, I wanted to witness the changes, and there were many, including some surprising new ones.

Bodies and Barriers: new anthology shines light on queer health

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Friday Sep 4, 2020
There are few topics that aren't included in the new anthology 'Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health.' Edited by Adrian Shanker, a Pennsylvania-based activist, Shanker was inspired to put the book together because of his own experiences.

Mr. Soul: documentary pays tribute to the Black gay TV show host

By Jim Provenzano | Thursday Sep 3, 2020
Long before Oprah and Arsenio hit the airwaves, Ellis Haizlip hosted "Soul!," a pioneering New York variety show that showcased musicians, activists and actors at the height of the Black Power and Civil Rights moment.

Homing's In: nightlife, arts, community events Sept 3-13

Thursday Sep 3, 2020
Fall films fill our future favorites list, but you can enjoy plenty of live-online events in arts, nightlife and community.

Oaklash delivers deliciously deviant drag

By Jim Provenzano | Tuesday Sep 1, 2020
Inspired by Wigstock, but with a decidedly East Bay edge, the third annual Oaklash Drag Festival goes online September 4 through 6 with more than 100 performers.

Documenting queer lives: Outfest & Docfest's LGBT selections

By Brian Bromberger | Tuesday Sep 1, 2020
Notable documentaries at the two independent film festivals include films about historic civil rights activists, trans chorus members, Joe Sarria, and Big Freedia.

Screen Savor: playing it straight

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Sep 1, 2020
James Sweeney's queer rom-com "Straight Up," now available on DVD, has more in common with Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" than you might expect.

Q-Music: The present is female

By Gregg Shapiro | Tuesday Sep 1, 2020
New music and re-issues from Diana Ross, Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters, Jonatha Brooke, The Beths and PJ Harvey's are reviewed.

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