Politics

Political Notebook: Gay East Bay Assembly candidate Esteen picks up early support

Political Notebook: Gay East Bay Assembly candidate Esteen picks up early support

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 22, 2021

First-time political candidate Jennifer Esteen has been scooping up early endorsements from around the Bay Area for her 2022 bid for Alameda County's 20th Assembly District seat, currently held by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward).

Political Notebook: Launch date set for Milk naval ship

Political Notebook: Launch date set for Milk naval ship

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  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2021

With the Biden administration once again voicing support for LGBTQ rights on the global stage, the U.S. government will soon have a floating soapbox to project its pro-equality stance in ports around the world.

California voters reject Newsom recall

California voters reject Newsom recall

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 14, 2021

California voters overwhelmingly rejected the recall attempt against Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, based on the preliminary ballot count.

Political Notes: LGBTQs wage full court press to defeat Newsom recall

Political Notes: LGBTQs wage full court press to defeat Newsom recall

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 13, 2021

Should Governor Gavin Newsom beat back the attempt to recall him Tuesday, he will have LGBTQ Californians to thank.

CA legislators send Newsom LGBTQ bills to sign

CA legislators send Newsom LGBTQ bills to sign

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  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 10, 2021

In the final days of their 2021 legislative session, California lawmakers approved a bevy of legislation addressing various sexual orientation and gender identity concerns from the mailbox and coroner's office to the toy store aisle.

Political Notebook: CA lawmakers pass LGBTQ bills

Political Notebook: CA lawmakers pass LGBTQ bills

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 8, 2021

California lawmakers have adopted three more bills related to LGBTQ issues as they race to finish their work by the September 10 deadline to pass legislation this year and send it to Governor Gavin Newsom to either sign into law or veto.

Newsom makes his case against the recall to LGBTQs

Newsom makes his case against the recall to LGBTQs

An animated and impassioned Governor Gavin Newsom took to Zoom Friday in a call with LGBTQ leaders to make his case against the recall and warned that if it passes, a Republican replacement would "turn back the clock" on a host of issues.

Bonta to succeed husband in Assembly

Bonta to succeed husband in Assembly

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 2, 2021

Mia Bonta will succeed her husband in the state Legislature, becoming the fifth female legislator from the Bay Area.

Political Notebook: CA recall candidates largely ignore LGBTQ issues

Political Notebook: CA recall candidates largely ignore LGBTQ issues

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 1, 2021

Even with one of the country's most famous transgender celebrities on the ballot, the California gubernatorial recall election has largely been bereft of any discussion of LGBTQ issues.

Bonta leads Assembly race to succeed her husband

Bonta leads Assembly race to succeed her husband

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  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 1, 2021

Mia Bonta is leading in the race to succeed her husband in the state Legislature.

US Senate expected to take up out judicial nominees

US Senate expected to take up out judicial nominees

When Congress returns after Labor Day, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will begin deliberation of the first nomination of an LGBTQ person to serve on a federal appeals circuit court bench.

CA legislators tell state colleges to stop deadnaming trans, nonbinary students

CA legislators tell state colleges to stop deadnaming trans, nonbinary students

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  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 30, 2021

California lawmakers have adopted legislation that ends the deadnaming of transgender and nonbinary college students on their diplomas and other academic records.

Political Notes: Drag performers protest voter suppression laws

Political Notes: Drag performers protest voter suppression laws

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 23, 2021

Drag performers across the country will be taking part in a day of action this weekend to protest voter suppression laws being adopted by Republican-led statehouses throughout the South and Midwest.

Political Notebook: Gay Oakland port commissioner seated to 3rd term

Political Notebook: Gay Oakland port commissioner seated to 3rd term

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  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 18, 2021

Gay Oakland Port Commissioner Michael Colbruno recently won unanimous approval to serve a third four-year term on the East Bay maritime body.