Politics

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.

Political Notebook: San Francisco LGBTQ advisory group begins to take shape

Political Notebook: San Francisco LGBTQ advisory group begins to take shape

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

The reconstituted LGBTQI+ Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission is beginning to take shape, with the oversight body set to recommend applicants for all but one of the 25 committee members at its May 13 meeting.

Lesbian Sonoma County DA to face recall election

Lesbian Sonoma County DA to face recall election

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 12, 2021

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch will be facing a recall election later this year, the registrar of voters confirmed May 11.

Political Notes: Bay Area cities set to fly various Pride flags in June

Political Notes: Bay Area cities set to fly various Pride flags in June

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 10, 2021

Not only are more Bay Area cities than ever expected to raise the Pride flag this June, a number are eschewing the traditional version of the LGBTQ symbol for flags with more inclusive designs.

LGBTQ Agenda: Activists impressed with Biden's first 100 days, but say real challenges lie ahead

LGBTQ Agenda: Activists impressed with Biden's first 100 days, but say real challenges lie ahead

While President Joe Biden's campaign seemed to some like a throwback to a bygone era, his first 100 days in office have shown that he aspires to be a transformational leader — and can be, if he is pushed enough.

Gay California insurance czar Lara launches reelection bid

Gay California insurance czar Lara launches reelection bid

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

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the first LGBTQ person to win election to statewide office in the Golden State, officially declared Friday his intention to seek a second four-year term in 2022.

Political Notes: Mahogany launches bid to be first Black trans SF Dem Party chair

Political Notes: Mahogany launches bid to be first Black trans SF Dem Party chair

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

Surrounded by LGBTQ community leaders and several supervisors, Honey Mahogany Thursday kicked off her bid to become the first transgender and first Black chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party at the Tenderloin site of the Compton's Cafeteria riot.

Biden calls for passage of Equality Act in speech to Congress

Biden calls for passage of Equality Act in speech to Congress

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Apr 29, 2021

President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass the Equality Act and told transgender youth that he has their back during his first speech before a joint session of Congress.

With adoption of female trans athlete ban, West Virginia to expand California travel ban list

With adoption of female trans athlete ban, West Virginia to expand California travel ban list

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

As more Republican-controlled statehouses across the U.S. adopt anti-LGBTQ laws, the number of states California bans taxpayer-funded travel to should continue to increase

Political Notebook: Mahogany seeks to be SF Dems 1st trans Black party chair

Political Notebook: Mahogany seeks to be SF Dems 1st trans Black party chair

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 27, 2021

A year after becoming the first non-male identified transgender person elected to the body that oversees the San Francisco Democratic Party, Honey Mahogany is now aiming to become its first transgender chair and first drag queen to lead the local party.