Politics

Political Notes: Queer SF BART director Li launches reelection bid

Political Notes: Queer SF BART director Li launches reelection bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 13, 2022

With the support of her two out colleagues on the board that oversees the Bay Area's regional transit agency BART, board member Janice Li is officially kicking off her bid for reelection Monday.

Out men dominate LGBTQ CA legislative races

Out men dominate LGBTQ CA legislative races

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

It was a good night Tuesday for out male legislative candidates in California. Of the dozen LGBTQ contenders who survived their primary contests, just three were female.

Gay CA insurance czar Lara survives primary challenge

Gay CA insurance czar Lara survives primary challenge

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

Gay California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara survived an intraparty challenge in his primary race Tuesday to advance to the general election in November where he could be running against a Republican opponent.

Out candidates headed to runoffs in supe races

Out candidates headed to runoffs in supe races

LGBTQ representation on Bay Area county supervisor boards could increase dramatically now that three out candidates are headed to November runoffs in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties as no candidate received more than 50% of the vote.

Political Notebook: Out Catholics vie for SF supervisor seat

Political Notebook: Out Catholics vie for SF supervisor seat

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

Purged from their home country of Ethiopia following a Marxist takeover of the east African country in 1974, the parents of Honey Mahogany found refuge in San Francisco.

Out San Jose, Sonoma candidates advance

Out San Jose, Sonoma candidates advance

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

A gay man running to be the first out person of color on the San Jose City Council and a gay married mother seeking to become the first female Sonoma County superintendent of schools are one step closer to being elected.

Voters recall SF DA Boudin

Voters recall SF DA Boudin

Within 45 minutes of the polls closing, progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who spent half of his two years in office battling recall efforts, had lost his effort to keep his job.

Political Notes: In 1st ever ad, Congressmember Eshoo highlights support of LGBTQ bill

Political Notes: In 1st ever ad, Congressmember Eshoo highlights support of LGBTQ bill

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 6, 2022

Since being elected to her South Bay House seat in 1993, Congressmember Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) hadn't run TV ads during her bids for reelection. That is, until this year.

Political Notebook: Out West Coast candidates face tough House races

Political Notebook: Out West Coast candidates face tough House races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 1, 2022

Of the three gay men and one lesbian seen as the most viable non-incumbent candidates vying for U.S. House seats in the West Coast, all but one are facing tough roads to victory this year.

Out supervisor candidates detail housing plans

Out supervisor candidates detail housing plans

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 1, 2022

Three out candidates for the Board of Supervisors in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Mateo counties outlined their housing plans ahead of the June 7 primary election.

Political Notes: Bay Area cities celebrate Pride Month

Political Notes: Bay Area cities celebrate Pride Month

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 30, 2022

Bay Area cities are marking the start of Pride Month with flag raisings and other activities; and cities and counties across the state are observing Queer and Transgender Asian and Pacific Islanders Week.

Lesbian former Bay Area leader wins Oregon House primary

Lesbian former Bay Area leader wins Oregon House primary

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 27, 2022

Ten days after Oregon's primary election former Santa Clara City Councilmember Jamie McLeod-Skinner was declared the winner of the closely watched race for the Beaver State's newly drawn 5th Congressional District.

Political Notebook: CA LGBTQ bills survive house of origin votes

Political Notebook: CA LGBTQ bills survive house of origin votes

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 25, 2022

Eleven bills related to LGBTQ rights survived votes in their house of origin this month in the California Legislature. T

Political Notes: Padilla pledges to push for Equality Act if given full term

Political Notes: Padilla pledges to push for Equality Act if given full term

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 23, 2022

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-California) is pledging to continue to fight for what is known as the Equality Act if elected to a full six-year term this November.