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Political Notebook: Gay attorney to join Alameda court

Political Notebook: Gay attorney to join Alameda court

When attorney Peter E. Borkon takes his oath of office as a judge sometime in early 2022, he will bring the number of LGBTQ people serving on the Alameda County Superior Court to 10.

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By Liz Highleyman | December 1, 2021

The first case in the United States of the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in San Francisco, local and national health officials announced December 1.

By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

Lesbian San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson said, "I've been very clear about being queer, being out, and what is acceptable behavior" when asked about three pending lawsuits against the department alleging anti-LGBTQ discrimination.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 1, 2021

After canceling the public Hanukkah celebration in the Castro last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 people turned out November 30 for the return of the large menorah in Jane Warner Plaza.

By Liz Highleyman | December 1, 2021

Despite overall progress in reducing HIV among men who have sex with men, Black and Latino gay and bisexual men are not seeing the same improvements as white men.


By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

An Oakland gay couple is imploring anyone who may have knowledge to come forward after an unknown assailant shot one of them inside their home October 30 while he was holding their 5-week-old child.

By Heather Cassell | December 1, 2021

Global Black Pride will host its first in-person event in Toronto, July 28-31.


By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

An independent contractor investigated the state Office of AIDS in the wake of a fraud scandal. A 2019 report obtained by the B.A.R. found a lack of "direction, leadership, oversight and mentorship."

By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

In 2004, LGBTQ activists began a sustained effort accusing gay Badlands owner Les Natali of discriminating against Black patrons of the Castro bar.


By Cynthia Laird | December 1, 2021

In observance of World AIDS Day, the ONE Archives Foundation, in collaboration with the Invisible Histories Project, will present an encore and final presentation of the virtual reading of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play "The Normal Heart."

By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

Santa joined Mayor London Breed and other local notables to greet the crowd at the annual lighting of the Castro holiday tree November 29.


By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

A smaller crowd than usual gathered at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park November 30 for Light in the Grove.

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | December 1, 2021

In the earliest days of what would eventually become my transition, within weeks of my first coming out to the person who would become my spouse of 29 years and counting, I was handed a gift box.


By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

People joined in the Castro on November 27 for the 43rd anniversary of the assassinations of gay supervisor Harvey Milk and then-mayor George Moscone.

By by Jay Blotcher and Cynthia Laird | December 1, 2021

Veteran progressive activist and TV, film, and stage producer Scott Robbe died November 21, according to a statement by Paul Algiers, a longtime friend and the executor of Mr. Robbe's estate.


By John Ferrannini | December 1, 2021

Congressmember Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) introduced a bill alongside a Republican colleague on World AIDS Day to facilitate a review of federal and state laws to determine how they discriminate against HIV-positive people.

By BAR Editorial Board | December 1, 2021

In much of the early coverage of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, one thing is key — people should get vaccinated, or get a booster if they were vaccinated at least six months ago.


By Sari Staver | December 1, 2021

Reeling from an estimated $5 million in losses from recent burglaries, East Bay cannabis activists and business leaders rallied outside Oakland City Hall November 29, demanding additional police protection and a two-year tax break.

By Marc Huestis | December 1, 2021

In 1971, at the age of 17, I ventured (by myself) from my Long Island home to New York City to see my first live musical: Stephen Sondheim's "Company."


By BAR staff | December 1, 2021

The obituary for Susan Ortiz Taylor, a visual artist who once taught at City College of San Francisco.

By Matthew S. Bajko | November 29, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom has tapped an out judge with Bay Area ties for a vacant seat on the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal.


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