Politics

Political Notebook: Gay Santa Clara councilman Becker adjusts to new role

Political Notebook: Gay Santa Clara councilman Becker adjusts to new role

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 7, 2021

For years Santa Clara native Anthony Becker sought to have a say in the direction of the South Bay city.

Biden nominates lesbian to ambassador-level post

Biden nominates lesbian to ambassador-level post

President Joe Biden on July 2 nominated Chantale Wong to be the United States director to the Asian Development Bank, a post with the rank of ambassador.

Queer Assembly candidate Ramachandran appears headed to August runoff race

Queer Assembly candidate Ramachandran appears headed to August runoff race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 30, 2021

Queer Assembly candidate Janani Ramachandran appears headed to the August 31 runoff race for the East Bay's 18th Assembly District seat.

Political Notebook: San Mateo supervisors fund new coastal LGBTQ center

Political Notebook: San Mateo supervisors fund new coastal LGBTQ center

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 29, 2021

With $35,000 from San Mateo County and donations from community supporters, the new CoastPride Community Center in Half Moon Bay surpassed its fundraising goal of $75,000.

Political Notebook: With children's book, 1st lesbian Native American Congresswoman Davids aims to inspire

Political Notebook: With children's book, 1st lesbian Native American Congresswoman Davids aims to inspire

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

Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) made history in 2018 by becoming the first out member from Kansas and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress.

Political Notes: Campaign seeks to add plethora of Pride flag emoji

Political Notes: Campaign seeks to add plethora of Pride flag emoji

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 18, 2021

A new campaign aims to bring a plethora of Pride flag emoji to the keyboards of smartphones and other devices.

Political Notebook: Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Dem Club marks 50 years

Political Notebook: Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Dem Club marks 50 years

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

At its launch in December 1971 San Francisco's oldest LGBTQ Democratic Club operated with a "wink, wink" as being a political group for the city's LGBTQ community.

Political Notes: With home purchase, SF gay rent board member resigns

Political Notes: With home purchase, SF gay rent board member resigns

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

After two years as a tenant representative on the San Francisco Rent Board, Reese Aaron Isbell will be stepping down at the end of July. The gay mayoral appointee and his husband, Sheng "Bruce" Yang, are becoming homeowners.

Political Notebook: CA legislators propose millions for trans health, HIV, and STDs

Political Notebook: CA legislators propose millions for trans health, HIV, and STDs

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 9, 2021

California lawmakers included roughly $52.3 million toward various LGBTQ initiatives in their budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

EQCA splits support between queer, straight female candidates in special East Bay Assembly race

EQCA splits support between queer, straight female candidates in special East Bay Assembly race

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

California's statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization is splitting its support between two female candidates — one queer, the other straight — in the special election for an East Bay Assembly race to represent part of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro.

Political Notebook: Bay Area cities prepare to celebrate Pride Month

Political Notebook: Bay Area cities prepare to celebrate Pride Month

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

Various Bay Area cities will be kicking off Pride Month next week with flag raising ceremonies the morning of June 1. Other municipalities will follow suit on subsequent days of the month.

Political Notes: LGBTQ groups push federal body on SOGI data

Political Notes: LGBTQ groups push federal body on SOGI data

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 24, 2021

LGBTQ advocates are pushing a federal agency to include the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity among patients' health records when it releases an update this summer.

Political Notebook: In B.A.R. columns Milk had unabashedly strong opinions

Political Notebook: In B.A.R. columns Milk had unabashedly strong opinions

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

Over his four-year run as a political columnist for the Bay Area Reporter, Harvey Milk unabashedly took on local, state, and national politicians and San Francisco special interest groups.

Trans advocate Cooper announces SF D6 supe bid

Trans advocate Cooper announces SF D6 supe bid

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

Well-known transgender advocate Ms. Billie Cooper is mounting a bid to be elected in 2022 to San Francisco's District 6 supervisor seat.