Politics

Gay San Jose Councilmember Torres ready for Pride

Gay San Jose Councilmember Torres ready for Pride

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 23, 2023

Tuesday night gay San Jose City Councilmember Omar Torres raised the Progress Pride flag in the plaza in front of San Jose City Hall.

LGBTQ Agenda: Gay Libertarian presidential candidate says he's running 'confident, aspirational' campaign

LGBTQ Agenda: Gay Libertarian presidential candidate says he's running 'confident, aspirational' campaign

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 22, 2023

A gay Libertarian from Georgia is making waves in his run for his party's nomination for U.S. president — becoming the first-ever third-party candidate to speak at the Iowa State Fair Political Soapbox.

Political Notes: Queer San Diego supervisor candidate Goldbeck concedes primary race

Political Notes: Queer San Diego supervisor candidate Goldbeck concedes primary race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 18, 2023

Queer military veteran Janessa Goldbeck has failed to survive the primary for a vacant seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

With new book, Yeager aims to inspire LGBTQ candidates

With new book, Yeager aims to inspire LGBTQ candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 16, 2023

With his new book, gay former Santa Clara County supervisor Ken Yeager aims to inspire other LGBTQ individuals to seek public office.

Political Notebook: Gay former CA legislative staffer Ruiz seeks LA Assembly seat

Political Notebook: Gay former CA legislative staffer Ruiz seeks LA Assembly seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 16, 2023

For six years in the 2010s Ari Ruiz worked for a member of the California Legislature. Come next December, the gay immigrant hopes to be serving in the state Assembly himself.

Political Notes: Out San Diego supervisor candidate looks to survive primary

Political Notes: Out San Diego supervisor candidate looks to survive primary

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 14, 2023

A queer military veteran with ties to San Francisco is aiming to double LGBTQ representation on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Political Notebook: Gay former congressional staffer Ratevosian vies for LA House seat

Political Notebook: Gay former congressional staffer Ratevosian vies for LA House seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 9, 2023

Years before being appointed by President Joe Biden as the most senior Armenian American official at the State Department, Jirair Ratevosian, Ph.D., had served as legislative director to Congressmember Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

LGBTQ Agenda: House GOP nixes millions in proposed funds for queer groups

LGBTQ Agenda: House GOP nixes millions in proposed funds for queer groups

The United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted on party lines last month to strip funding for three LGBTQ groups in a decision Democrats said was motivated by bigotry.

Political Notes: Nonbinary labor activist Thompson seeks Santa Cruz council seat

Political Notes: Nonbinary labor activist Thompson seeks Santa Cruz council seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 7, 2023

After falling short in their bid for a state Assembly seat last year, nonbinary former union organizer Joe Thompson now has their sights set on being elected to the Santa Cruz City Council.

LGBTQ leaders mostly OK with repealing travel ban

LGBTQ leaders mostly OK with repealing travel ban

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 2, 2023

In interviews with the Bay Area Reporter in recent months a number of LGBTQ leaders in other states and across California said they have no issue with Golden State legislators ending the travel ban to states with anti-LGBTQ laws.

Political Notebook: CA transgender House candidate Maebe A. Girl sees path to victory

Political Notebook: CA transgender House candidate Maebe A. Girl sees path to victory

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 2, 2023

The last two times Maebe A. Girl has run for a Los Angeles-based U.S. House seat, she garnered 12% in the primary.

Political Notebook: West Hollywood mayor Shyne eyes halls of Congress

Political Notebook: West Hollywood mayor Shyne eyes halls of Congress

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 26, 2023

Lesbian West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne's political career has been one of firsts.

SF supervisors OK LGBTQ commissioners

SF supervisors OK LGBTQ commissioners

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on July 25 approved a lesbian and a gay man for posts on city commissions.

Political Notes: Attacks ramp up in gay Palm Springs House race, now seen as a toss-up

Political Notes: Attacks ramp up in gay Palm Springs House race, now seen as a toss-up

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 24, 2023

As the 2024 contest for a Palm Springs House seat tightens, the attacks on the gay challenger in the race and the Republican incumbent are heating up months before voters will cast their first ballots for who they want to represent them on Capitol Hill.