Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Peskin eyes run against Migden

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin may throw his hat in the ring for the seat held by state Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) in 2008.

Peskin spokesman David Noyola told the Bay Area Reporter Thursday, December 21 that Peskin “is giving a run for state Senate very serious consideration.”

State Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) is also pondering a run against Migden. He’s already polled voters about his chances, tellling reporters the results were “very encouraging.” While he has said he won’t make a final decision until early next year, most political pundits expect him to enter the race. The Senate district includes part of San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 21, 2006 @ 3:37 pm PST
Filed under: News

SF journalist honored with matching grant campaign

San Francisco resident Tom Musbach is being honored for his service to the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Musbach, the former news editor at Planet Out, where he worked for a decade, served on the journalist group’s board and helped plan its annual LGBT Media Summit the last two years.

NLGJA recently announced the Thomas Musbach Challenge Grant, in which an anonymous donor has agreed to match all gifts given to the association as part of the fundraising campaign. For every $2 donated to the campaign, the individual will donate an extra dollar to NLGJA.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 7, 2006 @ 3:50 pm PST
Filed under: News

Magnet sets $20,000 fundraising goal

An anonymous supporter of Magnet, the gay men’s health center in the Castro, is playing Santa again this year with a promise to match any donations the center receives in the month of December.

Last year, the mystery gentleman cut Magnet a check for $14,000 after the center raised $13,500. Since this December 1, Magnet has already pulled in $13,300 toward a goal of $20,000, which the donor has agreed to match, said Magnet director Steve Gibson.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so through the center’s Web site at Click on the “donate now” at the top left corner of the site’s main page.

Or stop by the center between 7 to 9 p.m. this Saturday (December 9) for its holiday party.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 3:46 pm PST
Filed under: News

Ammiano fundraiser tonight

Supervisor Tom Ammiano is not wasting any time in raising money for his 2008 Assembly bid for the seat now held by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who is termed out in two years unless voters change the state’s term limits law.

Ammiano sent out a solicitation mailer in November and tonight (Wednesday, December 6) will hold a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street at Octavia.  Attendees are asked to donate between $35 to $100.

Ammiano announced in late August his intention to run for the state office and on the first Wednesday of September filed the necessary paperwork. He hired Jim Stearn as his campaign manager and aready has the backing of Leno.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 6, 2006 @ 1:18 pm PST
Filed under: Politics

Gay lobbyist celebrates three occasions

Happy pre-birthday wishes to gay lobbyist Boyce Hinman, the founder and chief lobbyist of the Sacramento-based Lambda Letters Project, who turns 68 on December 10. Hinman will also mark his 19th year with Lambda Letters on January 1, 2007, and he and his partner, Larry Beaty, are celebrating 36 years together.

Lambda Letters [] oversees letter-writing campaigns to state lawmakers on behalf of LGBT bills and other laws of importance to the gay community.

“It’s just wonderful work. I have always liked to be in helping occupations. That is what this is, helping people get their rights, health insurance, the whole nine yards,” said Hinman, who recently opened the project’s first downtown Sacramento office at 717 K Street.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 12:41 pm PST
Filed under: Politics

Mary Cheney pregnant

Mary Cheney, the out lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is expecting a baby with her longtime partner, Heather Poe, according to a published report Wednesday, December 6 in the Washington Post.

Cheney, 37, was a key aide to her father during the 2004 re-election campaign, the Post noted, and she is now vice president for consumer advocacy at AOL. Cheney and Poe live in Virginia, the newspaper said. Voters there passed a state constitutional amendment last month banning gay marriage and civil unions. According to the Post, state law is unclear on whether Poe could have full legal rights as a parent of Cheney’s child.

Cheney has not spoke to the LGBT press since her father became vice president six years ago. She has been criticized by some gay rights advocates for largely remaining silent on the issue of same-sex marriage. She wrote a book earlier this year in which she revealed she opposes a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

According to the Post, Cheney’s baby is due in late spring.

— Cynthia Laird, @ 9:55 am PST
Filed under: News

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