Politics

Political Notebook: Police protests turn Assembly candidate Lee into citizen-journalist

Political Notebook: Police protests turn Assembly candidate Lee into citizen-journalist

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 8, 2020

Since advancing out of the March 3 primary race for an open South Bay state Assembly seat, Alex Lee had been sheltering at home with family, friends, and his 3-year-old cat Soba due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Political Notes: Dems' platform proposal features LGBTQ rights

Political Notes: Dems' platform proposal features LGBTQ rights

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 8, 2020

As the Trump administration continues to rollback protections for queer Americans, Democrats are set to adopt a party platform that includes myriad proposals to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Political Notebook: HIV aging given prime spot at AIDS confab

Political Notebook: HIV aging given prime spot at AIDS confab

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 1, 2020

At the last two global AIDS conferences, hosted in Amsterdam in 2018 and Durban, South Africa in 2016, long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS who attended noticed a glaring omission in the programs: themselves.

Political Notes: Moraga makes Pride sweep in Contra Costa County official

Political Notes: Moraga makes Pride sweep in Contra Costa County official

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 26, 2020

At 7:13 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, Moraga Mayor Kymberleigh N. Korpus declared June as Pride Month in her East Bay town.

Political Notebook: Milk club welcomes 1st Black co-presidents

Political Notebook: Milk club welcomes 1st Black co-presidents

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

With the election of Kaylah Paige Williams as its female co-president this month, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club is being led for the first time by two Black co-presidents.

Political Notes: With Atherton proclamation, San Mateo County achieves countywide Pride Month observances

Political Notes: With Atherton proclamation, San Mateo County achieves countywide Pride Month observances

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 18, 2020

With Atherton the final city on the Peninsula to declare June as Pride Month, all 20 cities and towns in San Mateo County have for the first time observed the annual celebration.

Political Notebook: In Colorado, transgender trailblazer Titone seeks second term

Political Notebook: In Colorado, transgender trailblazer Titone seeks second term

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 17, 2020

Earlier this year the Colorado Legislature was poised to ban criminal defendants from using a gay or transgender panic defense at trial.

Political Notes: East Bay fall races attract LGBT candidates

Political Notes: East Bay fall races attract LGBT candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 15, 2020

At least 13 LGBT candidates are running for local office this November throughout the East Bay. The number could grow as various races shape up and more out contenders throw their hats into the contests.

Political Notes: Oakland council president Kaplan kicks off reelection bid with slew of endorsements

Political Notes: Oakland council president Kaplan kicks off reelection bid with slew of endorsements

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 4, 2020

Lesbian Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan kicked off her reelection campaign for the city's at-large council seat Thursday by releasing a broad list of endorsements from her colleagues and community leaders.

Political Notebook: San Mateo, Contra Costa counties edge closer to Pride campaign sweeps

Political Notebook: San Mateo, Contra Costa counties edge closer to Pride campaign sweeps

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 3, 2020

After reading her city's first proclamation declaring June as Pride Month, East Palo Alto Mayor Regina Wallace-Jones explained why doing so held particular importance for her. Fifteen years ago one of her siblings came out as a transgender woman.

Online Extra: Biden issues Pride Month statement, while Trump criticized for ignoring it

Online Extra: Biden issues Pride Month statement, while Trump criticized for ignoring it

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 1, 2020

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former vice president Joe Biden celebrated Monday as the start of Pride Month, while President Donald Trump faced criticism for again failing to recognize the annual LGBT celebration.

Online Extra: Amid racial strife and health crisis, Bay Area cities celebrate start of Pride Month

Online Extra: Amid racial strife and health crisis, Bay Area cities celebrate start of Pride Month

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 1, 2020

With the country rocked by the ongoing health crisis and nationwide protests against police brutality and the killing of black and transgender Americans, Bay Area cities Monday marked June 1 as the beginning of Pride Month.

Online Extra: Political Notes: HRC backs queer San Diego House candidate Gómez

Online Extra: Political Notes: HRC backs queer San Diego House candidate Gómez

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

As she heads into a rough summer and fall campaign season, queer San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gómez has picked up the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign.

Online Extra: Richard Grenell to step down as US ambassador to Germany

Online Extra: Richard Grenell to step down as US ambassador to Germany

  • POLITICS
  • by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
  • May 28, 2020

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell plans to step down from his post.