Politics

Newsom repeals California's 'walking while trans' loitering law

Newsom repeals California's 'walking while trans' loitering law

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 1, 2022

Governor Gavin Newsom has repealed California's "walking while trans" loitering law, ending nine months of speculation on whether he would do so.

Boudin urges successor to keep progressive policies

Boudin urges successor to keep progressive policies

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled from office in the June 7 primary, hopes his successor will retain the progressive policies he implemented during his two and a half years in office.

Political Notebook: In CA insurance czar primary, Levine again falls to third place

Political Notebook: In CA insurance czar primary, Levine again falls to third place

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 29, 2022

After moving into second place last week in his primary bid for California's insurance czar, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae) once again finds himself in third place as more ballots have been counted.

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 27, 2022

President Joe Biden has thrown his support behind federal legislation that would improve LGBTQ demographic data collection in the U.S.

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

In a ruling that one legal activist said will put LGBTQ rights "on the chopping block," the U.S. Supreme Court Friday ruled 6-3 that the U.S. Constitution "does not prohibit" states from banning abortion.

Political Notebook: San Francisco 1st city to track LGBTQ workforce

Political Notebook: San Francisco 1st city to track LGBTQ workforce

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 22, 2022

San Francisco has become the first known city to track its LGBTQ workforce as well as to ask applicants for city and county jobs what is their sexual orientation and gender identity.

After months delay, Newsom sent 'walking while trans' loitering law repeal

After months delay, Newsom sent 'walking while trans' loitering law repeal

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 20, 2022

After a monthslong delay, a bill that decriminalizes loitering for adults with the intent to engage in sex work is being sent this week to Governor Gavin Newsom to sign into law.

Political Notes: Trans US House, lesbian state Senate candidates survive their CA primaries

Political Notes: Trans US House, lesbian state Senate candidates survive their CA primaries

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 20, 2022

A transgender, nonbinary House candidate and a lesbian state Senate candidate have both survived their California primary races and are advancing to the fall general election.

Political Notebook: Out candidates vying for three SF supervisor seats

Political Notebook: Out candidates vying for three SF supervisor seats

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

Three of the five races in November for even-numbered seats on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have drawn well-known LGBTQ community leaders.

Political Notes: Queer SF BART director Li launches reelection bid

Political Notes: Queer SF BART director Li launches reelection bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 13, 2022

With the support of her two out colleagues on the board that oversees the Bay Area's regional transit agency BART, board member Janice Li is officially kicking off her bid for reelection Monday.

Out men dominate LGBTQ CA legislative races

Out men dominate LGBTQ CA legislative races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 8, 2022

It was a good night Tuesday for out male legislative candidates in California. Of the dozen LGBTQ contenders who survived their primary contests, just three were female.

Gay CA insurance czar Lara survives primary challenge

Gay CA insurance czar Lara survives primary challenge

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 8, 2022

Gay California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara survived an intraparty challenge in his primary race Tuesday to advance to the general election in November where he could be running against a Republican opponent.

Out candidates headed to runoffs in supe races

Out candidates headed to runoffs in supe races

LGBTQ representation on Bay Area county supervisor boards could increase dramatically now that three out candidates are headed to November runoffs in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties as no candidate received more than 50% of the vote.

Political Notebook: Out Catholics vie for SF supervisor seat

Political Notebook: Out Catholics vie for SF supervisor seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 8, 2022

Purged from their home country of Ethiopia following a Marxist takeover of the east African country in 1974, the parents of Honey Mahogany found refuge in San Francisco.