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Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to Sept.
News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

LGBTQ Asians push to stem hate crimes tide

LGBTQ Asians push to stem hate crimes tide

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

LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are part of a coalition of community groups and state lawmakers pushing to stem a tide of hate crimes against API individuals and others that has been rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Political Notes: Oakland leaders push repealing CA's 'zombie' same-sex marriage ban

Political Notes: Oakland leaders push repealing CA's 'zombie' same-sex marriage ban

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 22, 2022

Two Oakland city councilmembers have authored a resolution calling on state lawmakers to bring to the voters a repeal of California's 'zombie' same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition 8.

House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage on bipartisan vote

House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage on bipartisan vote

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Jul 19, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Tuesday with significant bipartisan support the Respect for Marriage Act.

Political Notebook: Alameda LGBTQ Dems back out Assembly, supervisor candidates

Political Notebook: Alameda LGBTQ Dems back out Assembly, supervisor candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 19, 2022

The East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club has thrown its support behind two high-profile out candidates who could make history in November.

Political Notes: East Bay LGBTQ Dems to revote on endorsing out Assembly, supervisor candidates

Political Notes: East Bay LGBTQ Dems to revote on endorsing out Assembly, supervisor candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 18, 2022

The East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club will vote for a second time on endorsing in two high-profile races featuring out candidates. In both cases, the outcome of the contests in November could be historic.

Political Notebook: Gay CA insurance czar Lara faces easy path to 2nd term

Political Notebook: Gay CA insurance czar Lara faces easy path to 2nd term

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

Despite the millions spent in negative ads against him, various ethical scandals, and an intraparty challenge in the June primary, gay California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara appears to now have an easy path to being elected to a second term.

In divided vote, SF supervisors approve lesbian police commissioner Walker

In divided vote, SF supervisors approve lesbian police commissioner Walker

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 12, 2022

In a divided vote Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved lesbian artist Debra Walker's mayoral appointment to the city's police commission.

Political Notebook: Gay CA Dem Party vice chair Campos says he's done seeking public office

Political Notebook: Gay CA Dem Party vice chair Campos says he's done seeking public office

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

Because he placed second in the June 7 primary for San Francisco's 17th Assembly District seat, David Campos' name will appear on the November 8 ballot even though he is not actively seeking the elected position.

Newsom repeals California's 'walking while trans' loitering law

Newsom repeals California's 'walking while trans' loitering law

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

Governor Gavin Newsom has repealed California's "walking while trans" loitering law, ending nine months of speculation on whether he would do so.

Boudin urges successor to keep progressive policies

Boudin urges successor to keep progressive policies

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled from office in the June 7 primary, hopes his successor will retain the progressive policies he implemented during his two and a half years in office.

Political Notebook: In CA insurance czar primary, Levine again falls to third place

Political Notebook: In CA insurance czar primary, Levine again falls to third place

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 29, 2022

After moving into second place last week in his primary bid for California's insurance czar, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae) once again finds himself in third place as more ballots have been counted.

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

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

President Joe Biden has thrown his support behind federal legislation that would improve LGBTQ demographic data collection in the U.S.

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

In a ruling that one legal activist said will put LGBTQ rights "on the chopping block," the U.S. Supreme Court Friday ruled 6-3 that the U.S. Constitution "does not prohibit" states from banning abortion.