Politics

LGBTQ Agenda: Queer advocates laud Biden Day 1 executive orders

LGBTQ Agenda: Queer advocates laud Biden Day 1 executive orders

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 21, 2021

President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order to extend anti-discrimination protections in federal agencies to LGBTQ people shortly after his inauguration January 20.

Poet Amanda Gorman, Lady Gaga and other musicians bring arts to Biden/Harris Inauguration

Poet Amanda Gorman, Lady Gaga and other musicians bring arts to Biden/Harris Inauguration

As Americans and people over the world heaved a heavy sigh of relief and joy with the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, one young poet stood out for her artistic contribution.

Political Notebook: Hearings for SF LGBTQ historic sites approach

Political Notebook: Hearings for SF LGBTQ historic sites approach

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 20, 2021

Hearings on requests from supervisors to landmark two LGBTQ historic sites in San Francisco are expected to take place in the coming weeks.

Political Notebook: Alameda County Dem party sees record number of out leaders

Political Notebook: Alameda County Dem party sees record number of out leaders

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 13, 2021

The Alameda County Democratic Central Committee will see a record number of LGBTQ members serving on the oversight body for the local party this year.

Out Peninsula councilwoman to seek supe seat

Out Peninsula councilwoman to seek supe seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 6, 2021

An out Peninsula city councilwoman is running for an open seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2022.

Trump supporters storm US Capitol

Trump supporters storm US Capitol

  • POLITICS
  • by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
  • Jan 6, 2021

Thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers were beginning to certify the Electoral College results.

Political Notebook: City Hall hearing expected on SF LGBTQ cultural strategy

Political Notebook: City Hall hearing expected on SF LGBTQ cultural strategy

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 6, 2021

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' lone LGBTQ member plans to request a hearing be held this year on the city's plan to preserve its LGBTQ cultural heritage.

Updated: Warnock and Ossoff win Georgia US Senate seats

Updated: Warnock and Ossoff win Georgia US Senate seats

A look at the numbers in Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia indicate that Democrats have won control of the upper chamber of Congress — a development with potentially favorable consequences for the LGBTQ community and the nation.

Out judge, councilwoman take oaths of office in East Bay

Out judge, councilwoman take oaths of office in East Bay

Lesbians took oaths of office January 4 for a seat on the Alameda County Superior Court and the Oakland City Council.

Georgia runoff races will determine control of U.S. Senate

Georgia runoff races will determine control of U.S. Senate

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 4, 2021

The country's attention will be riveted on Georgia this week where runoff races for the state's two U.S. Senate seats will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the chamber.

2020: A year like no other

2020: A year like no other

In 2020, the nation faced two existential threats: an out-of-control coronavirus pandemic that killed more than 300,000 people in the United States in less than 12 months, and an erratic, self-obsessed Republican president.

Assemblyman Low returns as LGBTQ caucus chair

Assemblyman Low returns as LGBTQ caucus chair

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 29, 2020

California was experiencing one of its boom cycles the first time gay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) served as chair of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus during the 2017-2018 session.

Political Notebook: A queer comic to ring out 2020

Political Notebook: A queer comic to ring out 2020

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 29, 2020

The Political Notebook's end-of-year op-art offering for 2020 is a queer comic to ring out the annus horribilis.

Newsom names Assemblywoman Weber as secretary of state

Newsom names Assemblywoman Weber as secretary of state

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 22, 2020

Hours after he appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla Tuesday as California's first Latino senator in the U.S. Congress, Governor Gavin Newsom named Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to be his successor.