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“My goals are to make San Francisco sparkle.”

D’Arcy Drollinger, a well-known drag performer and nightclub owner in San Francisco, regarding her appointment by Mayor London Breed as the city’s inaugural drag laureate, also a first in the nation. Drollinger’s appointment comes when anti-trans legislation is sweeping the nation, including bills that prohibit drag. West Hollywood is likely to appoint its own drag laureate later this month. (Associated Press — May 18, 2023)

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  • Donna Deegan, after being elected the first female mayor of Jacksonville, Fla. Deegan won 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election that saw 33 percent voter turnout. (Associated Press — May 17, 2023)
  • U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, regarding the 400 percent increase in threats against members of Congress in the last 6 years. Most recently, a person armed with a baseball bat entered and attacked staff members at Rep. Gerry Connolly’s district office in Fairfax, Va. (NPR — May 15, 2023)
  • Dan Gibbons, CEO of the City Club of Chicago and a former staffer for the city’s longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley, regarding the wave of issues that Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson must face immediately after taking office on May 15. (Associated Press — May 15, 2023)
  • Chairwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Candace Schmidt, regarding the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp that features the portrait of Chief Standing Bear, who was forced, along with about 700 other members of the Ponca tribe, by the Army to leave his homeland in northeast Nebraska and walk 600 miles to the Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Chief Standing Bear and others tried to return to their homelands and the chief was arrested, prompting him to file a lawsuit that led to a ruling in 1870 that ordered his release and found that a Native American is a person with a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. USPS has printed 18 million of the stamps. (Associated Press — May 12, 2023)
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