Politics

Bonta leads Assembly race to succeed her husband

Bonta leads Assembly race to succeed her husband

  • POLITICS
  • 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

  • POLITICS
  • 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

  • POLITICS
  • 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.

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.