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Political Notes: For 1st time trio of gay men sworn in as San Francisco supervisors

Political Notes: For 1st time trio of gay men sworn in as San Francisco supervisors

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 9, 2023

With the swearing in Saturday of District 4 Supervisor Joel Engardio, there are now three gay men for the first time serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Newsom upbeat in inaugural address but calls out Republicans

Newsom upbeat in inaugural address but calls out Republicans

California Governor Gavin Newsom was upbeat in his second inaugural address Friday even as he acknowledged the harmful mistakes of the past and criticized Republican leaders in other states.

Engardio readies to take San Francisco supervisor seat

Engardio readies to take San Francisco supervisor seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 4, 2023

After his stunning victory in the November 8 election, ousting an elected supervisor in San Francisco for the first time in more than two decades, Joel Engardio took a well-deserved vacation with his husband, Lionel Hsu.

Political Notebook: On board prez, gay SF Supervisor-elect Engardio is undecided

Political Notebook: On board prez, gay SF Supervisor-elect Engardio is undecided

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 4, 2023

Gay San Francisco District 4 Supervisor-elect Joel Engardio will face his first test as a new member of the Board of Supervisors Monday, January 9, when he casts a vote for president of the city's governing body.

New LGBTQ laws take effect January 1

New LGBTQ laws take effect January 1

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 28, 2022

When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, a trove of new LGBTQ laws will go into effect in California.

Lesbian CA legislator's out sister aims to succeed her in Sacramento

Lesbian CA legislator's out sister aims to succeed her in Sacramento

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 21, 2022

In what would be a first for the California Legislature, a lesbian member of the Assembly could be succeeded by her out sister come 2024.

Political Notebook: Lesbian legislator Cervantes launches CA Senate bid

Political Notebook: Lesbian legislator Cervantes launches CA Senate bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 20, 2022

Lesbian Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) has launched a bid for a state Senate seat that will be open in 2024.

Political Notes: Congressmembers call for LGBTQ update to 2030 census

Political Notes: Congressmembers call for LGBTQ update to 2030 census

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 19, 2022

Congressional leaders are calling on the U.S. Census Bureau to finally begin asking Americans about their sexual orientation and gender identity.

  With 2023 inauguration plans, Newsom again trolls right-wing extremists

With 2023 inauguration plans, Newsom again trolls right-wing extremists

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 15, 2022

Ever since California Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated a right-wing backed recall against him last year, he has been on a roll trolling his conservative detractors and transphobic Republican counterparts in other states.

Political Notebook: Bay Area region's 1st gay Black mayors prioritize housing

Political Notebook: Bay Area region's 1st gay Black mayors prioritize housing

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 14, 2022

For the first two gay Black mayors in the greater Bay Area region, the need for more housing in their cities is a main issue they intend to tackle during their mayoralties.

Bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege concedes, won't seek recount

Bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege concedes, won't seek recount

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 12, 2022

Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege conceded Monday in her race for an Assembly seat after deciding against seeking a recount of her election results.

Political Notes: Bay Area cities welcome new LGBTQ leaders

Political Notes: Bay Area cities welcome new LGBTQ leaders

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 12, 2022

Cities around the Bay Area are welcoming new LGBTQ leaders this month and next, following the outcomes of local elections on the November 8 ballot.

Republican Wallis defeats bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege

Republican Wallis defeats bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 8, 2022

Republican Greg Wallis has declared victory in his Assembly race against bisexual Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege.

House approves Respect for Marriage Act, sending it to Biden

House approves Respect for Marriage Act, sending it to Biden

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday morning passed the Respect for Marriage Act on a 258-169 bipartisan vote. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden, who has pledged to sign it.