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Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to Sept.
LGBTQ Agenda: Trans voters risk disenfranchisement in midterm elections, report says

LGBTQ Agenda: Trans voters risk disenfranchisement in midterm elections, report says

The battle over voting rights in the United States has been a long and contentious one, with proponents of tighter regulations — typically Republicans — arguing that increasing identification requirements helps to ensure more secure, fraud-free elections.

Newsom vetoes LGBTQ health bill due to its price tag

Newsom vetoes LGBTQ health bill due to its price tag

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 26, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom has spiked another bill that LGBTQ advocates had supported this legislative session due to its price tag.

Political Notes: Long Island House race pits gay Dem vs. gay Trumper

Political Notes: Long Island House race pits gay Dem vs. gay Trumper

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 26, 2022

A gay Democrat is running against a gay Trump-supporting Republican for a Long Island congressional seat.

San Jose to elect new mayor

San Jose to elect new mayor

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 21, 2022

Voters in San Jose will be electing a new mayor in November, as Mayor Sam Liccardo is termed out of office.

Political Notebook: Nonbinary San Carlos school board candidate aims to be voice for LGBTQ youth

Political Notebook: Nonbinary San Carlos school board candidate aims to be voice for LGBTQ youth

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 21, 2022

In 2021, an equity report for the San Carlos School District on the Peninsula found that LGBTQ+ students and families,

SF supervisors OK controversial police surveillance measure

SF supervisors OK controversial police surveillance measure

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a measure allowing the San Francisco Police Department to request access to private, non-city entity surveillance cameras owned by individual households or businesses.

Newsom cites cost in vetoing LGBTQ youth homeless bill; signs LGBTQ vets legislation

Newsom cites cost in vetoing LGBTQ youth homeless bill; signs LGBTQ vets legislation

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2022

In vetoing a bill aimed at assisting LGBTQ homeless youth in California, Governor Gavin Newsom cited the cost of the legislation in his veto message released Monday.

Supervisors panel backs gay SF planning commission nominee

Supervisors panel backs gay SF planning commission nominee

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2022

A strategic economist received the backing of a San Francisco supervisors committee Monday to serve on the city's planning commission.

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2022

U.S. senators have punted voting to ensure same-sex couples can marry until after the midterm elections in November.

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 14, 2022

An increasingly confident gay candidate for a Southern California House seat launched his first TV ads this week.

Political Notes: Inside Dutch queen's convo with SF LGBTQ leaders

Political Notes: Inside Dutch queen's convo with SF LGBTQ leaders

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 12, 2022

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands engaged in a conversation with local LGBTQ leaders at the historic Twin Peaks Tavern during her recent visit to San Francisco.

Oakland mayoral candidate calls out rivals over antisemitism, transphobia

Oakland mayoral candidate calls out rivals over antisemitism, transphobia

One of the leading candidates for Oakland mayor has called out her rivals and demanded that two minor candidates exit the race after they posted alleged antisemitic comments related to an upcoming forum and one exhibited bias against the trans community.

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 2, 2022

Should San Francisco attorney P. Casey Pitts be confirmed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California then he would be the only LGBT Article III judge actively serving on the court, according to the White House.

CA lawmakers OK $41M for monkeypox response

CA lawmakers OK $41M for monkeypox response

The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state's public health response to the monkeypox outbreak.