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50 years in 50 weeks; 1995 rocked

50 years in 50 weeks; 1995 rocked

By Jim Provenzano

Extra Fancy front man Brian Grillo may have been the most prominent out gay rock singer of the year. The band headlined the 1995 Folsom Street Fair in one of several queer rock moments of the year.

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By BAR staff | September 15, 2021

Looking back at our September 22, 1994 issue, Leather Week was upon San Francisco as the third annual LeatherWalk commenced from the old Headquarters bar in the Castro to the Eagle in the South of Market neighborhood.

By BAR staff | September 8, 2021

The April 29, 1993 cover of the Bay Area Reporter featured that year's March on Washington for lesbian, gay, and bi rights.

By Jim Provenzano | September 8, 2021

Perhaps the most visually striking lead Arts feature of 1993 showcased the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Tim Farrell interviewed members of the drag nun collective who were banned from the March on Washington stage.

By Jim Provenzano | September 2, 2021

In one short column, Justin (pre-Vivian) Bond's May 21 Glam on a Rampage write-up encapsulates a wacky weekend at The Woods with the late drag persona Miss Kitty.

By Jim Provenzano | August 26, 2021

Let's zoom in, dot by dot, to a rare January 3 interview with Rex, whose erotic images might have answered the question, 'What if Georges Seurat was a late-20th-century South of Market leather man?'

By BAR staff | August 25, 2021

California LGBTQs had a lot riding on Assembly Bill 101 in 1991.

By Jim Provenzano | August 19, 2021

Despite the smaller independent film 'Parting Glances' having preceded it by a few years, 'Longtime Companion' hit strong with a wide national release, becoming essentially the first largely-viewed AIDS-themed narrative film of the decade.

By Jim Provenzano | August 12, 2021

In addition to the disastrous earthquake (see this week's News edition of this series), 1989 was full of AIDS: protests, drug treatments, and the staged reading of a new play-in-progress about AIDS by Tony Kushner titled 'Angels in America.'

By BAR staff | August 11, 2021

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 1989 — just as the Bay Area Reporter was going into production for that week's paper.

By Jim Provenzano | August 9, 2021

Can one page sum up an entire year? The late 1980s, while still in full-on Reaganomics hell, offered bits of resistance and joy amid the continuing oppression, epidemic deaths, and discrimination.

By BAR staff | August 4, 2021

The October 13, 1988 issue of the Bay Area Reporter had two interesting stories on the front page.

By Jim Provenzano | July 29, 2021

The lengthier arts section in the October 29, 1987 B.A.R. focused on the boom in 'gay and lesbian' literary subjects and reviews, from lesbian theater history to the work of James Broughton and a then-new author, Christopher Bram.

By BAR staff | July 28, 2021

One of the Bay Area Reporter's most famous covers greeted Pope John Paul II in 1987.

By Jim Provenzano | July 22, 2021

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.

By BAR staff | July 21, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter celebrated its 15th anniversary and the 17th observance of the Stonewall riots in our June 26, 1986 issue, which also marked San Francisco Pride.

By BAR staff | July 14, 2021

Seven years after he shot and killed gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone, the end came for Dan White when he died by suicide October 21, 1985 in the garage of his family's home in the Excelsior district.

By Jim Provenzano | July 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.

By BAR staff | July 7, 2021

In 1984, the AIDS epidemic was raging and some officials in San Francisco thought that if the city closed bathhouses, which were frequented by gay men, the spread of the disease could be slowed.

By Jim Provenzano | June 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.

By BAR staff | June 30, 2021

Bay Area Reporter founding publisher Bob Ross was appointed to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District Board of Directors.

By Jim Provenzano | June 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.

By BAR staff | June 23, 2021

The 1982 San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day parade took a tragic turn when 19-year-old Darryl Anderson was killed when he fell under the wheels of a float.

By Jim Provenzano | June 17, 2021

As Frameline celebrates its 45th anniversary, let's look back at coverage of their fifth anniversary in late June 1981, and the adult film advertised on the next page.

By BAR staff | June 16, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter first mentioned what became HIV/AIDS about a month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice on June 5, 1981.

By Jim Provenzano | June 10, 2021

The April 10 tenth anniversary issue, at a whopping 68 pages, featured a disco dance event on the cover, and looked back on the 'Bay Area Reporter's first decade. Included was an expansive series of articles on gay theater companies.

By BAR staff | June 9, 2021

The 1980 film "Cruising," starring Al Pacino, was the topic of a front-page story in our January 31, 1980 issue.

By Jim Provenzano | June 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.

By BAR staff | June 2, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter's May 24, 1979 issue reported on the riots that took place May 21, after Dan White was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, rather than murder, in the November 27, 1978 assassination of gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk.

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.

By BAR staff | May 19, 2021

This week's historical look at previous issues of the Bay Area Reporter goes to Harvey Milk's historic San Francisco supervisor win in 1977.

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