In less than two years, California's Tobacco 21, or "T21," law has proved to be a powerful weapon in the war on illegal tobacco sales to underage youth.
During the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency, great progress on HIV and hepatitis C occurred as a result of his vigorous, compassionate, and competent leadership.
In my race to become California's next insurance commissioner - and our first openly gay statewide elected leader - I have traveled all over the state, and there is one question I always get.
Despite significant efforts to combat homelessness, the needs of the homeless population are outpacing the local response.
The LGBTQ movement for equality dates back to the years after World War II - when contemporary homophobia also really began.
San Francisco is a dynamic city with stubborn challenges. Residents want local government to combat homelessness and property crime with greater urgency.
California is leading the way in implementing LGBTQ-inclusive textbooks in public schools. Senate Bill 48, the FAIR Education Act, authored by gay then-state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) went into effect January 1, 2012.
The United States is currently experiencing the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak, which is predominantly affecting people who are homeless or who use drugs in unsanitary conditions, in more than two decades.
For my entire life, two things have remained constant: confusion about my gender and a deeply held belief I could do nothing about it.
I believe youth homelessness can be healed if we know the root causes of it.
"A 2:15 alarm, two trains, and a bus get her to work by 7 a.m." This was the August headline in a New York Times story about Stockton resident (and one of my constituents) Sheila James and her daily commute from Stockton to San Francisco.
The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, or FHMP, is excited about the community dialogue to reimagine and reinvigorate Harvey Milk Plaza.