Politics

Online Extra: Oakland mayor endorses gay man for at-large council seat

Online Extra: Oakland mayor endorses gay man for at-large council seat

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

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is backing gay restaurant owner and political newcomer Derreck Johnson in the fall race for the city council's at-large seat, currently held by lesbian City Council President Rebecca Kaplan.

Political Notebook: LGBT advocates back SF, Oakland youth vote measures

Political Notebook: LGBT advocates back SF, Oakland youth vote measures

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

At 15 years of age Ewan Barker Plummer is already attuned to politics and civic affairs.

Health crisis impacts CA LGBT bill slate

Health crisis impacts CA LGBT bill slate

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 20, 2020

With California facing a $54 billion budget deficit this year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, LGBTQ advocates have had to retool their legislative priorities for 2020.

Political Notebook: Year after Pride flap, Dublin council votes to fly expanded rainbow flag

Political Notebook: Year after Pride flap, Dublin council votes to fly expanded rainbow flag

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 20, 2020

A year after the city council in Dublin, California found itself the focus of negative headlines across the country for initially refusing to fly the rainbow flag in honor of June being Pride Month, it easily adopted a proclamation Tuesday.

Online Extra: Political Notes: LGBT group focuses on flipping statehouse chambers

Online Extra: Political Notes: LGBT group focuses on flipping statehouse chambers

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

It has become a yearly ritual; Republican-controlled legislative chambers across the country pass anti-LGBT legislation, many attacking the rights of transgender youth and adults.

Political Notebook: SF to celebrate Harvey Milk's 90th birthday

Political Notebook: SF to celebrate Harvey Milk's 90th birthday

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 13, 2020

With this May 22 being the 90th birthday of the late gay supervisor Harvey Milk, the first LGBT person elected to public office in San Francisco, local LGBT leaders had planned to host a block party in the city's Castro district.

Advocates blast CA Gov Newsom for lack of COVID LGBT data

Advocates blast CA Gov Newsom for lack of COVID LGBT data

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko and John Ferrannini
  • May 13, 2020

Advocates are blasting California Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials for not gathering data about the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on the Golden State's LGBT community.

Online Extra: Political Notes: LGBT leaders seek Pride sweep in San Mateo County

Online Extra: Political Notes: LGBT leaders seek Pride sweep in San Mateo County

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 11, 2020

With their annual Pride event turned into a weeklong virtual affair this year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, LGBT leaders are working on seeing all 20 of the incorporated cities and towns in San Mateo County celebrate Pride Month in June.

Milk club may get new co-president

Milk club may get new co-president

In the aftermath of an email sent by the president of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club that accused San Francisco Mayor London Breed of "hobophobia," the organization may soon have a new co-president.

Updated: Wiener bill would mandate SOGI data for COVID-19 in California

Updated: Wiener bill would mandate SOGI data for COVID-19 in California

Gay state Senator Scott Wiener is introducing legislation requiring that the state of California collect the sexual orientation and gender identity data of novel coronavirus patients.

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA Dem Party to release partial report about gay ex-chair's sexual misconduct

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA Dem Party to release partial report about gay ex-chair's sexual misconduct

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

The chair of the California Democratic Party now plans to release portions of the report into the sexual misconduct charges against gay former party chair Eric Bauman.

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

  • POLITICS
  • by Michael Yamashita
  • May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

Online Extra: LGBT electeds sound off on COVID-19 in virtual town hall

Online Extra: LGBT electeds sound off on COVID-19 in virtual town hall

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 30, 2020

Six LGBT elected officials from across the nation came together in a Zoom town hall April 30 to discuss how the community should respond to the twin health and economic crises caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Online Extra: Political Notes: In memoir, Ammiano spills some political tea

Online Extra: Political Notes: In memoir, Ammiano spills some political tea

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 27, 2020

Some scores are indeed settled. And the zingers do fly.