Politics

Political Notebook: Out councilman Carlson seeks Contra Costa supervisor seat

Political Notebook: Out councilman Carlson seeks Contra Costa supervisor seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 11, 2021

Ken Carlson, a gay retired Concord police sergeant who serves on the Pleasant Hill City Council, is looking to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather by serving on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

Alameda Dems push back pro-LGBTQ endorsement policy to Sept.

Alameda Dems push back pro-LGBTQ endorsement policy to Sept.

Leaders of the Democratic Party in Alameda County have decided to wait a month before taking up a bylaws change that would ban endorsement for anti-LGBTQIA+ candidates seeking elective office.

East Bay Stonewall Dems won't endorse in AD 18 special election

East Bay Stonewall Dems won't endorse in AD 18 special election

The East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club will not make an endorsement in the open 18th Assembly District special election after neither candidate garnered 60% of the vote during an online meeting August 3.

Damning NY AG report on Cuomo ensnares HRC president

Damning NY AG report on Cuomo ensnares HRC president

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Aug 4, 2021

The damning report finding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo violated the law by sexually harassing as many as 11 women on his staff has ensnared the president of the nation's leading LGBTQ advocacy group, Alphonso David of the Human Rights Campaign.

Political Notebook: EQCA plans 2nd California LGBTQ school issues report

Political Notebook: EQCA plans 2nd California LGBTQ school issues report

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 4, 2021

A statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization is preparing an update to its groundbreaking report released two years ago that found a majority of California's public school districts were failing LGBTQ students. Its release is expected sometime in 2022.

Political Notebook: Lawmakers hail Newsom's signage of HIV-related bills

Political Notebook: Lawmakers hail Newsom's signage of HIV-related bills

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 28, 2021

The authors of two bills benefiting Californians living with HIV are praising Governor Gavin Newsom for signing their legislation into law. He did so without comment on July 23.

Political Notes: East Bay candidates lay out housing policies

Political Notes: East Bay candidates lay out housing policies

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 26, 2021

The two candidates in the special election for an East Bay Assembly seat detail their housing plans.

Senate confirms lesbian, trans nominees to high-profile defense roles

Senate confirms lesbian, trans nominees to high-profile defense roles

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Jul 22, 2021

The U.S. Senate confirmed on July 20 two LGBTQ Biden nominees for high-profile positions at the Defense Department by unanimous consent.

Out men will help redraw San Francisco's political map

Out men will help redraw San Francisco's political map

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

Two out men will have a hand in reconfiguring San Francisco's political map as members of the city's decennial redistricting task force.

Political Notebook: SF supes seat gay historic preservation commissioner

Political Notebook: SF supes seat gay historic preservation commissioner

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 20, 2021

After months of debate about the need for LGBTQ representation on San Francisco's Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Supervisors has seated a gay man on the oversight body.

Political Notes: New US LGBTQ museum seeks executive director

Political Notes: New US LGBTQ museum seeks executive director

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 19, 2021

Four months after going public with their plans, the board members of the New York City-based American LGBTQ+ Museum have begun the process to hire its first executive director.

LGBTQ groups endorse queer East Bay Assembly candidate Ramachandran

LGBTQ groups endorse queer East Bay Assembly candidate Ramachandran

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 16, 2021

Two more LGBTQ groups have endorsed queer social justice attorney Janani Ramachandran ahead of the August 31 runoff race for the East Bay's 18th Assembly District seat.

Newsom signs nonbinary death certificates bill

Newsom signs nonbinary death certificates bill

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 12, 2021

Deceased Californians who are nonbinary will be able to be identified as such on their death certificates under legislation Governor Gavin Newsom signed July 9.

Political Notes: Gay veteran Rocha seeks San Diego area congressional seat

Political Notes: Gay veteran Rocha seeks San Diego area congressional seat

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

A gay Latino veteran who fought the military's homophobic "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and has ties to San Francisco is seeking to be elected to a Southern California congressional seat.