Politics

Political Notebook: Supe candidates pledge to protect SF's queer cultural patrimony

Political Notebook: Supe candidates pledge to protect SF's queer cultural patrimony

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 14, 2020

Maintaining San Francisco's LGBTQ community as a thriving, robust segment of the city has been a perennial concern for decades, and during LGBTQ History Month in October, preserving its rich legacy and historic sites receives even greater attention.

Barrett questioned on Obergefell case, apologizes for 'sexual preference' comment

Barrett questioned on Obergefell case, apologizes for 'sexual preference' comment

LGBTQ issues were front and center during the second day of the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, with Democrats and even a few Republicans attempting to clarify how she might approach such issues on the high court.

VP debate: Pence blames China for coronavirus

VP debate: Pence blames China for coronavirus

Taking a cue from his boss, Vice President Mike Pence blamed China for the coronavirus during his only debate with Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Political Notebook: LGBTQ groups praise CA Supreme Court pick

Political Notebook: LGBTQ groups praise CA Supreme Court pick

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 7, 2020

LGBTQ groups were thrilled when Governor Gavin Newsom nominated retired Justice Martin Jenkins, a gay Black man, to the California Supreme Court Monday.

Political Notes: SF BART board candidate 1st to use LGBT on ballot

Political Notes: SF BART board candidate 1st to use LGBT on ballot

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 2, 2020

A San Francisco candidate for a seat on the board that oversees the regional BART transit agency is believed to be the first to use the LGBT acronym as his ballot designation.

Trump, first lady test positive for coronavirus

Trump, first lady test positive for coronavirus

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Political Notebook: From Harvard, bi candidate seeks South SF council seat

Political Notebook: From Harvard, bi candidate seeks South SF council seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 30, 2020

Over Labor Day weekend James Coleman returned to Harvard to pursue his degree in human developmental and regenerative biology with a minor in government. He expects to graduate in May.

CA Governor Newsom vetoes trans marriage records bill

CA Governor Newsom vetoes trans marriage records bill

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 30, 2020

Concerned that it would publicly reveal a person had changed their gender identity, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill aimed at allowing transgender Californians to update their marriage certificates and the birth certificates of their children.

B.A.R. election endorsements

B.A.R. election endorsements

  • POLITICS
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Sep 27, 2020

Here are the Bay Area Reporter's election endorsements. Links go to editorials.

Employment, health care round out CA ballot props

Employment, health care round out CA ballot props

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 23, 2020

Employment issues, health care, and consumer privacy are represented by statewide ballot measures that voters will decide in November.

Political Notebook: Gay former SF supe Campos to lead DA staff

Political Notebook: Gay former SF supe Campos to lead DA staff

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

Santa Clara County is losing another high profile LGBTQ official, as gay deputy county executive David Campos has been hired by San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin to be his office's new chief of staff.

Political Notes: Alameda Democrats back out East Bay candidates

Political Notes: Alameda Democrats back out East Bay candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 21, 2020

The Alameda County Democratic Party is backing a number of out East Bay candidates running in the November 3 election, several of whom would make LGBTQ political history should they win their races.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

Andrew Gillum comes out as bisexual

Andrew Gillum comes out as bisexual

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Sep 17, 2020

Andrew Gillum, a Florida Democrat who after a narrow loss in a 2018 gubernatorial run was engulfed in a scandal after being found in a hotel room with drugs and a male sex worker, has come out as bisexual.