Politics

Political Notebook: Virginia trans leader Roem campaigns in SF

Political Notebook: Virginia trans leader Roem campaigns in SF

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 5, 2023

As she faces a tough election battle this year to become a senator in her home state, transgender Virginia Delegate Danica Roem will be in San Francisco this weekend to meet with local LGBTQ leaders and raise money for her campaign.

2024 to be record year for CA LGBTQ legislative candidates

2024 to be record year for CA LGBTQ legislative candidates

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

The 2024 legislative races are shaping up to be a record year for LGBTQ candidates in California, with at least 24 out contenders already pulling papers to seek Assembly or Senate seats in the Statehouse.

Political Notebook: UC Berkeley grad Mohajer aims to make history as 1st gay Iranian legislator

Political Notebook: UC Berkeley grad Mohajer aims to make history as 1st gay Iranian legislator

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

With his bid in 2024 for a California state Senate seat, Alex Mohajer is looking to make LGBTQ political history.

Pelosi honored at Alice Pride breakfast

Pelosi honored at Alice Pride breakfast

It was both a celebration and a call to action at the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club's annual Pride breakfast June 25 as speakers touched on the community's victories but remained cognizant of the current backlash underway.

Gay CA legislator Jackson makes waves

Gay CA legislator Jackson makes waves

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 21, 2023

For a freshman legislator in Sacramento, gay Assemblymember Corey A. Jackson, Ph.D., (D-Perris) has wasted no time in making waves in the Statehouse.

Political Notebook: Gay political pundit Lovett kicks off new show in SF

Political Notebook: Gay political pundit Lovett kicks off new show in SF

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 21, 2023

Yes, Jon Lovett has seen the media headlines about San Francisco's descent into an ever-worsening "doom loop." No, it doesn't make him afraid to visit the City-by-the-Bay.

Political Notes: Confirmation hearings near for out CA appellate judges

Political Notes: Confirmation hearings near for out CA appellate judges

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 19, 2023

A judicial review panel in the coming weeks is expected to confirm two gay men to serve on the state's appellate courts and elevate a lesbian appeals court justice to preside over her bench.

Political Notebook: Home invasion spurred CA Senate candidate Beckles into politics

Political Notebook: Home invasion spurred CA Senate candidate Beckles into politics

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

Wanting to live closer to where they both worked, Jovanka Beckles and her wife, Nicole Valentino, left Alameda in 2005 for Richmond, California, where they could afford to buy a home for themselves and their then teenage son, Lucio Valentino.

Effort to excise California same-sex marriage ban heats up

Effort to excise California same-sex marriage ban heats up

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

With the start of Pride Month has come a concerted effort to see that the homophobic legacy of the 2008 same-sex marriage ban Proposition 8 be fully erased from the California Constitution.

Political Notes: San Francisco supervisors set to back excising California's same-sex marriage ban amendment

Political Notes: San Francisco supervisors set to back excising California's same-sex marriage ban amendment

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 8, 2023

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is set to back the effort to repeal Proposition 8's "zombie language" from the California Constitution at its June 13 meeting.

Political Notebook: Trans candidate Gonzalez seeks Los Angeles Assembly seat

Political Notebook: Trans candidate Gonzalez seeks Los Angeles Assembly seat

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

Should Justine Gonzalez win her bid next year for a Los Angeles Assembly seat, she could be one of the first transgender members of the California Legislature and one of the first bisexual women to serve in Sacramento.

Political Notes: Pride merchandise gets even more political

Political Notes: Pride merchandise gets even more political

Pride-themed merchandise has always been political. LGBTQ activists have denounced such products sold by corporations as pink-washing over their lack of supportive policies for their LGBTQ employees.

Remaining CA LGBTQ bills survive 1st chamber votes

Remaining CA LGBTQ bills survive 1st chamber votes

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

Another six bills related to LGBTQ issues or health concerns are moving on this legislative session in the California Legislature.

SF HIV advocates to press funding request at City Hall

SF HIV advocates to press funding request at City Hall

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 31, 2023

As budget negotiations heat up in the coming weeks, San Francisco HIV advocates will be marching on City Hall June 5 to press their case for a variety of funding needs.