Politics

San Jose City Council LGBTQ drought could end

San Jose City Council LGBTQ drought could end

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 18, 2022

A 16-year drought of LGBTQ representation on the council of the Bay Area's largest city could come to an end this year.

Oregon lesbians win gov primary, lead in House contest

Oregon lesbians win gov primary, lead in House contest

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 18, 2022

Oregon voters now have a chance to elect the first lesbian governor of a West Coast state and could send the first lesbian from the region to Congress following the outcome Tuesday in the state's party primaries.

Political Notes: Bay Area Assembly candidates back single-payer health care

Political Notes: Bay Area Assembly candidates back single-payer health care

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

A legislative push to establish a universal health care system in California may have stalled this year, but the calls for the state to move toward a single-payer form of medical care are expected to only grow louder in the years to come.

Political Notebook: On the occasion of his 92nd birthday, Harvey Milk continues to inspire

Political Notebook: On the occasion of his 92nd birthday, Harvey Milk continues to inspire

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

When the co-owners of the first gay bar in the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik were considering what to call their establishment, they found inspiration from California.

Gay San Diego Assemblymember Ward reveals he has COVID

Gay San Diego Assemblymember Ward reveals he has COVID

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

Gay San Diego Assemblymember Chris Ward has revealed he has COVID and is self-isolating at home this week to protect his family, staff, and others from also contracting the virus.

Editorial: B.A.R. congressional endorsements

Editorial: B.A.R. congressional endorsements

  • POLITICS
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • May 11, 2022

We are fortunate in the Bay Area to have a solid Democratic congressional delegation.

Political Notebook: With appointment of Dorsey, SF D6 supervisor race begins

Political Notebook: With appointment of Dorsey, SF D6 supervisor race begins

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 9, 2022

The appointment of Matt Dorsey May 9 as the first gay supervisor of District 6 marked the official beginning of the race for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors seat on the November election.

New San Francisco Supervisor Dorsey is gay, sober, and living with HIV

New San Francisco Supervisor Dorsey is gay, sober, and living with HIV

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 9, 2022

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has named Matt Dorsey, a gay man who's combatted substance use disorder, as the new District 6 member of the Board of Supervisors.

Political Notes: LGBTQ candidates capitalize on leaked draft abortion ruling

Political Notes: LGBTQ candidates capitalize on leaked draft abortion ruling

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 9, 2022

LGBTQ candidates across the country are capitalizing on the news of a draft ruling that would overturn abortion rights in the U.S., first reported on by Politico May 2.

Biden announces Karine Jean-Pierre as 1st Black, lesbian press secretary

Biden announces Karine Jean-Pierre as 1st Black, lesbian press secretary

  • POLITICS
  • by Brody Levesque, Washington Blade
  • May 5, 2022

The White House announced Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be assistant to the president and White House press secretary, becoming both the first Black and lesbian person in that position.

Haney takes his Assembly oath of office

Haney takes his Assembly oath of office

New San Francisco Assemblymember Matt Haney (D), center, was sworn into office May 3 by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) as Haney's mother, Kris Calvin, looks on.

Political Notebook: Starbucks union organizer aims to be 1st CA nonbinary legislator

Political Notebook: Starbucks union organizer aims to be 1st CA nonbinary legislator

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 4, 2022

A Starbucks union organizer and UC Santa Cruz student aims to be California's first nonbinary state legislator.

LGBTQ Agenda: 19 states plan laws to support trans kids

LGBTQ Agenda: 19 states plan laws to support trans kids

LGBTQ lawmakers from 19 states have or will introduce laws to protect trans kids from civil and criminal penalties when seeking gender-affirming care.

Roe to be overturned, leaked decision says

Roe to be overturned, leaked decision says

In an unprecedented development, a leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on abortion indicates that the court is poised to overturn its two long-standing decisions protecting the right to abortion.