Press Releases

May 26, 2020

San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2020 - Senator Scott Wiener and Joseph Abbati, Curator, invite you to an online photographic and video exhibit celebrating fifty years of Pride launching June 1, 2020.

www.sfpride2020.gallery

May 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding his legislation, SB 939, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 5-1. Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) is a joint author of SB 939. It will now be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in June. SB 939 would enact a moratorium on commercial evictions – for small businesses and nonprofits – during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

May 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement on the announcement of a Senate housing package.

Senator Wiener is a joint author of legislation with Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), SB 1120, which would allow two-unit zoning statewide and to allow lots to be subdivided, resulting in two duplex buildings (i.e., four units) per parcel. Senator Wiener is also authoring legislation, SB 902, to provide cities with an expedited, streamlined process to rezone land for up to ten-unit buildings.

May 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding his legislation, SB 882, which would make it easier for seniors and those with disabilities to access CalFresh. SB 882 passed the Senate Health Committee with a unanimous bipartisan vote, and will now move on to the Appropriations Committee.

SB 939 prohibits commercial landlords from evicting businesses and nonprofits during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. With new amendments, business owners will be able to renegotiate or leave leases early
May 14, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) amended SB 939, which places a moratorium on commercial evictions of small businesses and nonprofits for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency. The new amendments give businesses like bars, restaurants, and cafes the ability to renegotiate a lease if they have lost over 40% of their revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions and if they will operate at reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements.

Currently, California collects data on COVID-19’s impacts on different races/ethnicities; SB 932 would expand this data collection to include the LGBTQ community
May 5, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation today that would require California to collect data on the health impacts of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community, including infection, hospitalization, ICU, recovery, and mortality rates.

The National LGTBQ Town Hall will focus on COVID-19’s financial and physical impacts on the LGBTQ community
April 29, 2020

San Francisco -  Tomorrow, Thursday April 30th at 6pm EST/3pm PST, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) will host a National LGTBQ Town Hall, featuring LGTBQ elected state officials from across the country. The LGBTQ leaders speaking virtually include Governor Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Representative Julie Johnson (D-Dallas), Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), and Representative Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia).

April 24, 2020

San Francisco - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on the LGTBQ community, the need for better government focus on the LGBTQ community at all levels, and the Trump administration’s new attack on LGBTQ healthcare access:

April 8, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding Phyllis Lyon’s passing. Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin were the first couple to be married during San Francisco’s 2004 Winter of Love. Lyon was an LGBTQ civil rights pioneer and a pillar of the San Francisco LGBTQ community. She died of natural causes at the age of 95:

April 7, 2020

San Francisco -  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking them to allow gay and bisexual men who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma. Convalescent plasma is currently being investigated as a potentially life-saving treatment for those suffering from severe COVID-19 infections. Despite that potential, the FDA continues to ban gay and bisexual men from donating blood or plasma, unless they have been celibate for three months.