Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 47 / 20 November 2014

Gold Rush Gays: Rediscovering the Westward Ho(mo) era

Exactly how wild was the Wild West in San Francisco? You may know Finocchio's opened as a speakeasy in 1929 and the Dash one of the first gay bars opened on 547 Pacific Street in 1908. But what was life like in California from the time of the Gold Rush until prohibition?

One thing which seems clear from paintings and drawings of the 19th century is that there was a lot of same-sex dancing going on. (read more)

Appy Trails: Dating and hooking up by phone, 2.0

Iphone or Droid? Daddy or twink? Top or bottom? The world of dating apps has expanded options for users, while reducing the possibility of actually meeting to the swipe of a thumb. Welcome to wooing by WiFi, with a few updates. One of the leading dating and sex hook-up websites has acquired a more friendship-oriented app to cater to a different kind of gay guy.

"We find right now that guys are getting a bit fatigued by it all," said Adam Segel, CEO of Online Buddies, the owners of the hook-up website and the app Jack'd. In an interview at the Bay Area Reporter offices, Segel typified Dandy as similar to the straight dating app Tinder. Segel's company recently acquired the U.K. app Dandy. "There are so many apps, but we want to accommodate changing tastes," he said. (read more)

On the Town -
Seasonal sensations

Did we really say that the social season had slowed down? We are certainly eating our words now! Read on. (read more)

Sunday in the Park

Nearly 35 years after the first cluster of AIDS deaths was reported in the New York Times ("Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals" July 3, 1981) the battle scars remain. (read more)

On the Tab,
Nov. 20-27, 2014

Music, movie tributes, beer busts, karaoke, classic show tunes. (read more)

Karrnal Knowledge -
Wild horses

Horse Play is one of the last, if not the very last movie produced by Hot House before it was subsumed within the immense porn conglomerate I think of as Raging Hot Falcon. (read more)

Shooting Stars:
Project Nunway

Fashion innovations galore were showcased on the catwalk at the sixth (666) annual Project Nunway show. (read more)

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