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Lufthansa says staff has discretion over mask policy

Lufthansa says staff has discretion over mask policy

In response to a gay passenger's complaint he was ordered to take off a rainbow-colored mask on a Lufthansa flight, the German-based airline is clarifying that its staff have discretion over enforcement of its face covering policy.

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By John Ferrannini | July 29, 2021

Elected officials joined Jewish community leaders at a news conference in San Francisco July 29 to denounce a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the Bay Area and the nation at-large.

By Cynthia Laird | July 29, 2021

Janice Mirikitani, a poet, LGBTQ ally, and wife of Glide pastor the Reverend Cecil Williams, died July 29. She was 80.


By Heather Cassell | July 29, 2021

Argentina has become the first South American country to legally recognize gender "X" on government-issued documents, including passports.

By John Ferrannini | July 28, 2021

For the second time in two months, a plea has been pushed back in the case of a Union City man charged with murdering a San Jose transgender woman with whom he'd been romantically involved.


By John Ferrannini | July 28, 2021

Revelers at Sunday's Folsom Street Market fair who wanted a drink had to show something more than an ID to the doorman at many of the bars — proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

By Matthew S. Bajko | July 28, 2021

San Francisco officials allocated $2.6 million for local HIV programs over the next two years in the fiscal budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that advocates had been seeking.


By BAR Editorial Board | July 28, 2021

This week, Pew Research Center released a new survey that found a growing number of U.S. adults know a transgender person or someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns.

By John Ferrannini | July 28, 2021

HIV advocates are concerned that upcoming changes to Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Advancing Access program mean that there will be less money available to local providers for related virus prevention.


By Cynthia Laird | July 28, 2021

A new Market Street Poster Series features professional artists and formerly unhoused residents in San Francisco's Tenderloin district to amplify neighborhood voices.

By Matthew S. Bajko | July 28, 2021

The authors of two bills benefiting Californians living with HIV are praising Governor Gavin Newsom for signing their legislation into law. He did so without comment on July 23.


By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | July 28, 2021

Over the last several years, there has been a belief in some circles that the increase of transgender people over the last decade is some sort of "social contagion" brought on by the evil influence of the internet.

By BAR staff | July 28, 2021

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


By BAR staff | July 28, 2021

Folsom Street Events held its Folsom Street Market event last weekend to help businesses in San Francisco's South of Market area.

By BAR staff | July 28, 2021

Readers express their opinions on the rainbow flag in the Castro.


By BAR staff | July 28, 2021

Thew obituary for John Francis Kennedy, the dean of students at Dominican College in San Rafael.

By Matthew S. Bajko | July 28, 2021

Nearly a year after the West Hollywood City Council approved the creation of a drag laureate, staff for the Southern California LGBTQ enclave have etched out a proposal for how to launch the position this November.


By Victoria A. Brownworth | July 27, 2021

After a year's delay, and continued health worries and protests, Tokyo's Olympic Games have begun, with the largest ever number of out LGBT competitors. Our TV columnist also focuses on some outstanding straight athletes of note.

By John Ferrannini | July 27, 2021

The number of Americans who know someone who is transgender, or who uses gender-neutral pronouns, is rising, according to an extensive survey released by the Pew Research Center July 27.


By John Ferrannini | July 26, 2021

A gay couple of which one of the men is Asian American and a same-sex female couple in San Francisco were recently the victims of a racist rant caught on video and a robbery, respectively, in two separate incidents.

By Matthew S. Bajko | July 26, 2021

A gay West Hollywood man was told he could not wear a rainbow-colored surgical mask on his flight home from Greece.


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