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Republican Wallis defeats bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege

Republican Wallis defeats bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege

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

Republican Greg Wallis has declared victory in his Assembly race against bisexual Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege.

House approves Respect for Marriage Act, sending it to Biden

House approves Respect for Marriage Act, sending it to Biden

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday morning passed the Respect for Marriage Act on a 258-169 bipartisan vote. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden, who has pledged to sign it.

Political Notebook: Final results come in for out CA candidates

Political Notebook: Final results come in for out CA candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 7, 2022

A month after the November 8 election and the final results are now in for two of the three last remaining California races that featured out candidates.

Gay Richmond council candidate Zepeda selected as winner

Gay Richmond council candidate Zepeda selected as winner

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 6, 2022

With the drawing of his name out of a red Christmas holiday shopping bag by Richmond City Clerk Pamela Christian, Cesar Zepeda was selected as the winner of the East Bay city's District 2 council race.

SoCal Assembly race with bisexual candidate still to be called

SoCal Assembly race with bisexual candidate still to be called

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 5, 2022

At the state Capitol Monday afternoon nearly all of the newly elected legislators took their oaths of office. But not present was the new member from Assembly District 47 spanning Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Tied Richmond council race with gay candidate to be decided Tuesday

Tied Richmond council race with gay candidate to be decided Tuesday

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 5, 2022

Tuesday morning, inside the chambers of the Richmond City Council, Cesar Zepeda will learn if he will join the governing body as the representative from the East Bay city's District 2.

Political Notes: Mixed results for out candidates with Bay Area ties

Political Notes: Mixed results for out candidates with Bay Area ties

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 5, 2022

For two out candidates with Bay Area ties, the November 8 election brought mixed results for their political bids.

Political Notebook: Eggman to chair historic CA LGBTQ caucus

Political Notebook: Eggman to chair historic CA LGBTQ caucus

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 30, 2022

When lesbian state Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) assumes leadership of the affinity group for California LGBTQ legislators in January, she will preside over the largest caucus of out lawmakers since it was formed in 2002.

Mayor-elect Thao vows to unite Oakland

Mayor-elect Thao vows to unite Oakland

Walking onto the steps of City Hall Wednesday to Queen's "We are the Champions," Oakland Mayor-elect Sheng Thao thanked those who voted for her and vowed to be a mayor for all residents — even if they supported another candidate during the campaign.

Political Notebook: At San Francisco Friendsgiving event, attendees give thanks

Political Notebook: At San Francisco Friendsgiving event, attendees give thanks

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

At a drag-themed Friendsgiving co-hosted by 21Seeds Tequila and famed San Francisco drag personality Juanita MORE!, attendees gave thanks for the past year and the outcome of the midterm elections.

Pelosi announces end of her tenure as House speaker

Pelosi announces end of her tenure as House speaker

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Kane, Washington Blade
  • Nov 17, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday, announced her decision to pass the leadership torch to a younger generation of Democratic members in the lower chamber, stepping down after years of service in that role

US Senate votes to move forward on marriage bill

US Senate votes to move forward on marriage bill

In the U.S. Senate, in a 62-37 vote Wednesday, 12 Republicans voted with all Democrats to move forward on the Respect for Marriage Act bill.

Political Notebook: Out candidates trail in marquee Bay Area races

Political Notebook: Out candidates trail in marquee Bay Area races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 16, 2022

Around the Bay Area LGBTQ candidates in a number of marquee November 8 general election races continue to fall short in their bids.

Gay, HIV-positive SF Supervisor Dorsey wins full term

Gay, HIV-positive SF Supervisor Dorsey wins full term

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

In winning a full term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, gay District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey has become the city's first HIV-positive elected supervisor.