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Rediscovering 'Mother Camp' - Esther Newton, Skip Arnold and drag anthropology in the 1960s

Rediscovering 'Mother Camp' - Esther Newton, Skip Arnold and drag anthropology in the 1960s

By Michael Flanagan

Skip Arnold's historic drag act became one of many fascinating anthropological subjects by scholar Esther Newton, whose groundbreaking dissertation, once ignored, has found new readers.

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By Brian Bromberger | October 20, 2020

In honor of LGBTQ History month, HBO Max has produced a new limited four-episode docudrama series called Equal about the trailblazers and unsung heroes who fought for queer justice and equality in the pre-Stonewall era.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 13, 2020

50 Years of Fabulous, Jethro Patalinghug's stirring documentary about the half-century history of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, shows the past five decades of the council's growth and glamorous moments, including founder José Sarria.


By Jim Provenzano | September 20, 2020

What? You missed San Francisco drag icon and DJ Juanita MORE! and her lip-synch DJ event fundraiser? Never fear. It's still here, online, of course.

By Cynthia Laird | September 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.


By Jim Provenzano | September 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.

By Jim Provenzano | September 4, 2020

Fort Mason just announced a drive-in movie plan for its parking lot. Frameline's fab opening night world premiere of D'Arcy drollinger's sexploitation satire, Sh*t and Champagne, is a perfect selection for the Concord Solano Drive-In.


By Jim Provenzano | August 30, 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.

By Jim Provenzano | August 30, 2020

What is the future of local LGBT nightlife and how can businesses, employees and patrons continue to stay active in pandemic times? This and other questions were discussed in the first Queer Nightlife Fund talks series, held online, of course.


By Jim Provenzano | August 21, 2020

With so many businesses closing, it's great news to learn of an opening. Roma's Ristorante Italiano, which opened on August 4. In a unique nod to the LGBT community, its namesake is 'nun' other than Sister Roma.

By Jim Provenzano | August 15, 2020

Erasure's new video for their latest single, "Nerves of Steel," features more than 20 LGBTQ stars, including several best known for their appearance on 'RuPaul's Drag Race.' But as always, the music duo's work stands on its own.


By Jim Provenzano | August 11, 2020

Good news for nightlife fans. Oasis, the popular SoMa nightclub, announced plans to re-open its rooftop bar on August 14, with proper social distancing rules in effect Fridays through Sundays. D'Arcy Drollinger is also now the sole owner of the nightclub.

By Matthew S. Bajko | August 6, 2020

Two San Francisco drag performers have joined an effort to promote participation in the fall elections, where control of the White House and U.S. Senate are up for grabs and countless local elections will be taking place across the country.


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