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SF Queer Bar Virgil's is Permanently Closing

SF Queer Bar Virgil's is Permanently Closing

NIGHTLIFE | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 26
Virgil's Sea Room, a queer bar that opened in 2013 in the Mission District of San Francisco, is permanently closing.

'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 6' Moves to Paramount+

'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 6' Moves to Paramount+

ENTERTAINMENT | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 26
"RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 6" is moving from VH1 to parent company Viacom's new Paramount+ next month.

Is KJ Apa Seeking a 'Get Out of Jail' (i.e. 'Riverdale') Card?

Is KJ Apa Seeking a 'Get Out of Jail' (i.e. 'Riverdale') Card?

ENTERTAINMENT | Feb 26
In an interview this week, KJ Apa says working on "Riverdale," where the 23-year old New Zealand actor stars as Archie Andrews, is like being in jail.

Vaccination 'Passports' May Open Society, But Inequity Looms

Vaccination 'Passports' May Open Society, But Inequity Looms

HEALTH/FITNESS | By Laurie Kellman | Feb 26
Israel is experimenting with vaccine passports for public gatherings, but it also raises the prospect of further dividing the world along the lines of wealth and vaccine access, creating ethical and logistical issues.

Watch: KFC Employee's Shocking Drive-Through Interaction with Gay Couple in Ill.

Watch: KFC Employee's Shocking Drive-Through Interaction with Gay Couple in Ill.

NEWS | By Brendan Walker | Feb 26
Late night Wednesday, a same-sex couple in Springfield, Illinois were met with shocking hate speech in a KFC drive through.

Nebraska May Be Next State  to Protect Youth from 'Conversion Therapy'

Nebraska May Be Next State to Protect Youth from 'Conversion Therapy'

NEWS | Feb 26
With bipartisan support, Legislative Bill 231 reflects the American heartland's understanding that families deserve protection from the ineffective, unethical, unprofessional, and harmful practice of conversion therapy.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write New 'Superman' Film

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write New 'Superman' Film

ENTERTAINMENT | By Jake Coyle | Feb 26
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed essayist and novelist who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics, will write the script for a new "Superman" film from Warner Bros.

How a Gay-Owned Michigan Campground Exposed Anti-Trans Bias in the Queer Camping Community

How a Gay-Owned Michigan Campground Exposed Anti-Trans Bias in the Queer Camping Community

NEWS | By Dan Allen | Feb 26
Soon-to-open Camp Boomerang RV Park and Campground announced it would open this spring and cater exclusively to gay men, setting off a controversy about transgender guests that's reverberating through the queer camping community.

Tonywatch: Playwright Katori Hall 'Reaching for Humanity'

Tonywatch: Playwright Katori Hall 'Reaching for Humanity'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mark Kennedy | Feb 26
Most playwrights who dip their toes into musical theater for the first time go small. Not Katori Hall: Her first assignment was to capture the life of a musical giant — Tina Turner.

Demi Lovato Calls Gender Reveal Parties 'Transphobic'

Demi Lovato Calls Gender Reveal Parties 'Transphobic'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Brendan Walker | Feb 26
American popstar Demi Lovato took to Instagram Thursday to say she was "sorry not sorry" for calling gender reveal parties transphobic.


Entertainment

PopUps: Justin Bieber Announces New Album 'Justice'

PopUps: Justin Bieber Announces New Album 'Justice'

MUSIC | Feb 26
Just over a year since releasing his album "Changes," Justin Bieber revealed on Instagram Friday that he will be dropping another LP, called "Justice." It's out on March 19.


Business

Laying Out Data, Netflix Touts its Record on Inclusivity

Laying Out Data, Netflix Touts its Record on Inclusivity

NATIONAL | By Jake Coyle | Feb 26
Netflix on Friday released a study it commissioned from top academic researchers that shows the streaming giant is outpacing much of the film industry in the inclusivity of its original films and television series.


Technology

Never Too Late: Pandemic Propels Older Shoppers Online

Never Too Late: Pandemic Propels Older Shoppers Online

HOME | By Anne D'Innocenzio | Feb 26
The pandemic has motivated many who have been isolated at home or unable to leave their senior communities to learn something they may have resisted until now: how to buy groceries and more online.


Finance

After Losing a Company to COVID, Owners Seek the Next Gig

After Losing a Company to COVID, Owners Seek the Next Gig

WORKPLACE | By Joyce M. Rosenberg | Feb 21
As owners are forced to shut businesses, they've had to figure out what to do next. For many entrepreneurs, the answer has been anticipating the next trend and creating a company to take advantage of it.


Cars

Edmunds: Three Smart Ways to Get Out of Your Car Lease

Edmunds: Three Smart Ways to Get Out of Your Car Lease

AUTO NEWS | By Brent Romans, Edmunds | Feb 20
On the surface, getting out of a car lease isn't difficult. It's the potential financial penalties for doing so that are the issue. Minimizing this financial fallout is key.


Style

NYC Steakhouse Stunt: A Wax Don Draper Hanging at the Bar

NYC Steakhouse Stunt: A Wax Don Draper Hanging at the Bar

FOOD/DRINK | Feb 26
Brooklyn's famed Peter Luger Steak House has teamed with Madame Tussauds to have celebrity wax figures mingle with patrons, promoting the easing of coronavirus pandemic restrictions on indoor dining in New York City.


Health/Fitness

Could Your Trip to the Gym Become a Superspreader Event?

Could Your Trip to the Gym Become a Superspreader Event?

FITNESS | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 26
This week, the CDC said gym users should wear masks while working out and urged gyms to improve ventilation and encourage outdoor physical activities whenever possible.


Travel

Watch: Mexican Police Arrest Gay Couple for Kiss: 'Children are Present'

Watch: Mexican Police Arrest Gay Couple for Kiss: 'Children are Present'

INTERNATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Feb 26
Police arrested a same-sex couple for sharing a kiss on a public beach, declaring that the reason the men were being handcuffed was that the display of affection took place where "children are present."


Nightlife

UK Police Raid Packed Makeshift Club with 150 Partygoers

UK Police Raid Packed Makeshift Club with 150 Partygoers

INTERNATIONAL | Feb 16
British police have fined dozens of people for breaking coronavirus restrictions after officers found 150 guests packed into an illegal nightclub in England over the weekend.