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Political Notes: CA LGBTQ youth, health data bills hit Newsom's desk

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ youth, health data bills hit Newsom's desk

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2023

An additional batch of LGBTQ-related bills have survived this year's legislative session and now await a decision by Governor Gavin Newsom on if they will be enacted.

Mixed fate for two CA LGBTQ workers rights bills

Mixed fate for two CA LGBTQ workers rights bills

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

One of two bills aimed at providing support for LGBTQ employees and other workers who need to take time off to care for a chosen family member passed out of the California Legislature.

CA lawmakers send governor HIV prevention bill

CA lawmakers send governor HIV prevention bill

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

A week after one HIV prevention bill stalled in the California Legislature, a second bill focused on ending transmission of the disease and other sexually transmitted infections in the Golden State now awaits a decision by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom ends California's pro-LGBTQ travel ban

Newsom ends California's pro-LGBTQ travel ban

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 13, 2023

Within 24 hours of being sent a bill to repeal it, Governor Gavin Newsom ended California's ban on publicly funded travel to states with anti-LGBTQ laws.

Political Notebook: CA US Senate candidate Reese makes her pitch to LGBTQ voters

Political Notebook: CA US Senate candidate Reese makes her pitch to LGBTQ voters

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 13, 2023

During her 20s in the late 1990s while briefly living in San Francisco before enrolling in graduate school, Lexi Reese thought she had found the man she would spend the rest of her life with and marry.

Political Notes: After near 14-year run, CA Legislature to be bereft of an LGBTQ chamber leader

Political Notes: After near 14-year run, CA Legislature to be bereft of an LGBTQ chamber leader

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 11, 2023

With the top two posts in the California Legislature to be held by straight male lawmakers come 2024, it will bring to an end a remarkable run of having a LGBTQ leader in one of the statehouse's two chambers.

Pelosi announces she will seek reelection; Wiener won't run for congressional seat

Pelosi announces she will seek reelection; Wiener won't run for congressional seat

Congressmember Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced that she will seek reelection next year, dashing plans for gay state Senator Scott Wiener to run for her seat in 2024.

Haney unveils CA trans history month resolution

Haney unveils CA trans history month resolution

The California State Assembly has proclaimed August as Transgender History Month — making the Golden State the first state in the nation to do so.

Political Notebook: In US Senate race, Lee banks on LGBTQ support

Political Notebook: In US Senate race, Lee banks on LGBTQ support

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 6, 2023

As she crisscrosses the state vying to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein next year, Congressmember Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) is banking on the support of LGBTQ voters to help her survive the March primary and advance to the November ballot.

CA schools czar Thurmond fights anti-LGBTQ policies

CA schools czar Thurmond fights anti-LGBTQ policies

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 6, 2023

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will be honored by the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club at its Pride Breakfast for standing up for LGBTQ students.

Political Notebook: Gay educator Hale seeks open San Jose college board seat

Political Notebook: Gay educator Hale seeks open San Jose college board seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 30, 2023

Due to the election last November of gay San Jose City Councilmember Omar Torres, the District 7 seat he had held on the seven-person board that oversees the San José-Evergreen Community College District has been vacant this year.

Political Notes: Report details attacks on pro-LGBTQ school policies cloaked as 'parental rights'

Political Notes: Report details attacks on pro-LGBTQ school policies cloaked as 'parental rights'

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 28, 2023

A new report has documented in stark detail how efforts to restrict what students learn and read about in schools have been sweeping across the country over the last two years.

First GOP debate sees trans youth attacked

First GOP debate sees trans youth attacked

  • POLITICS
  • by Christopher Kane, Washington Blade
  • Aug 24, 2023

Among the non-economic issues discussed by the eight candidates who appeared on stage for the first Republican Party 2024 presidential primary debate, several spoke against allowing trans students to play on sports teams that match their gender identity.

Political Notebook: Housing, safe streets top of mind for Sunnyvale's Mehlinger

Political Notebook: Housing, safe streets top of mind for Sunnyvale's Mehlinger

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

Before he won his seat last November on the Sunnyvale City Council, Richard Mehlinger had been chair of the South Bay city's advisory body for bicycle and pedestrian issues.