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Newsom makes history with trans staff hire

Newsom makes history with trans staff hire

California Governor Gavin Newsom has made history by hiring a transgender man as part of his administration's communications team. JP Petrucione is believed to be the highest-ranking, out, transgender appointee in state history.

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By Matthew Bajko | February 13, 2019

Marisa Ramos, Ph.D., is back as interim chief of the Office of AIDS within the California Department of Public Health.

By Matthew Bajko | February 13, 2019

California lawmakers have revived a bill requiring public schools to train their staff on LGBT cultural competency that former Governor Jerry Brown had vetoed in the fall.


By Lisa Keen | February 6, 2019

President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address painted a rosy picture of the United States Tuesday night: a country on the brink of an "economic miracle," peace, and helpful legislation for things like the eradication of HIV/AIDS.

By Matthew Bajko | February 6, 2019

California would become the first state in the nation to ban medically unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex infants if state lawmakers approve a bill authored by gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).


By Liz Highleyman | February 6, 2019

Just three months after a stinging veto by former Governor Jerry Brown, two state lawmakers reintroduced a bill that would allow a pilot supervised injection site to open in San Francisco.

By Matthew Bajko | February 6, 2019

California LGBT leaders have begun recruiting out candidates to seek state legislative seats in 2020 in order to ensure the number of LGBT lawmakers in the Legislature doesn't continue to decline.


By Lisa Keen | February 6, 2019

The gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana recently announced a 2020 presidential bid, and while he has received mainstream coverage, he remains an underdog in a Democratic filed that is expanding.

By Matthew S. Bajko | February 4, 2019

A gay mayor in southern California is running for the state Senate seat vacated by gay lawmaker Ricardo Lara when he became state insurance commissioner. But not the mayor most people had expected would seek to succeed Lara.


By Matthew Bajko | February 4, 2019

California would become the first state in the nation to ban surgeries performed on intersex infants if state lawmakers approve a bill authored by gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

By Tony Taylor | January 31, 2019

Mayor London Breed's appointment of AIDS expert Dr. Grant Colfax to lead the San Francisco Department of Public Health was met with praise from gay leaders.


By Cynthia Laird | January 30, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris returned to her hometown Sunday to kick off her 2020 presidential bid and told the thousands of people that packed Frank Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall that she would use her "fighting spirit" to work for all Americans.

By Matthew S. Bajko | January 30, 2019

A number of LGBT leaders have signed on as early endorsers of gay former Assemblyman John Laird's 2020 bid for a state Senate seat.


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