San Francisco Bay Times

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San Francisco Bay Times
Type Bi-Weekly newspaper
Publisher Betty Sullivan and Jennifer Viegas[1]
Editor Betty Sullivan and Jennifer Viegas
Founded 1978
Language English
Headquarters San Francisco
and Oakland, California
Website www.SFBayTimes.com

The San Francisco Bay Times is a free bi-weekly LGBT newspaper in San Francisco, California that started as Coming Up! in 1978. Coming Up! was billed as "the gay lesbian newspaper and calendar of events for the Bay Area."[2][3]

Founders of the San Francisco Bay Times in 1978 were Roland Schembari and Bill Hartman. Kim Corsaro served as editor and publisher from 1981 to 2011. The first issue of the paper states that the publication would be created jointly and equally by gay men and lesbians working together, and this goal has remained a key purpose of the paper continuing to the present.

In 1988, Coming Up! changed its name to San Francisco Bay Times. The name Coming Up! (which actually pre-dated by several months the release of the Paul McCartney song of the same name[4]) now refers to the San Francisco Bay Times events calendar.[5]

In June 2011, longtime publisher Kim Corsaro stepped down, with Betty Sullivan of LGBT listserve group Betty's List, and her partner Jennifer Viegas, taking over management of the paper.[6]

The Bay Times provides news and information of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the San Francisco Bay Area. It includes book and music reviews, lists upcoming events in the area in addition to art, entertainment and social issues of interest to readers including news on health and politics.[citation needed]

The full text of issues of the paper published since 2011 can be viewed on ISSUU.COM at http://issuu.com/sfbt and its online content can be viewed on the paper's website: http://www.sfbaytimes.com

The San Francisco Bay Times is now the largest and oldest LGBT newspaper in San Francisco and Northern California that is 100% funded and owned by LGBT individuals. The paper's website as of March, 2017 has the highest ranking among all LGBT newspaper-related sites in the U.S. and the highest level of audience engagement on Facebook according to Facebook stats.

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