Thursday luncheon to discuss LGBT financial strategies

SAN DIEGO -- Merrill Lynch and San Diego Gay & Lesbian News will present an exclusive speaking engagement on financial strategies for the LGBT community on Thursday, July 19, from 3:30-5 pm at Wang's North Park.

The presentation, "Invest In Your Future - LGBT Financial Strategies for Today," will be led by Antonio Bestard, Tara Benedict and David Reicks, a trio of financial advisors at Merrill Lynch's downtown San Diego office.

Community activist Tamandra Michaels seeks help paying for Borias The Heart Dog's medical expenses

SAN DIEGO -- Community activist, photographer and pet lover Tamandra Michaels is seeking help with medical expenses that her animal longtime companion Borias "The Heart Dog" needs.

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Butch on Tap: Stone butch beer

A recent work day ended with a trip to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – a kind of Mecca for beer lovers, butch and otherwise.

The reason was bad, a farewell for a laid-off colleague, but he was in good spirits and the beer was very good.

Stone is a big, cool place with lots of rocks and open beams.

It has a ton of gardens and pathways. These are useless, of course, for the drinker. Unless you need a breather or want to wander off with your femme for a little break.

Getting drunk means less cool beers to try, so timing and spacing are important.

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Butch on Tap: What are you lookin' at?

Merriam-Webster: Stare (\ ster \) (verb) 1: to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes. - starer (noun). Origin: Middle English, from Old English starian; akin to Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos solid, Lithuanian starinti to stiffen. Date: before 12th century.

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Butch on Tap: Wait for it ...

I would like to talk about a serious problem. Something so rampant and so disturbing that there should be a slew of 501(c)3 non-profit organizations dedicated to eradicating it, or maybe a telethon:

Waiting for my femme to get ready.

Seriously. I feel like I spend half my life waiting for her to be ready. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, it’s probably only a quarter of my life. But. Still.

Let me paint the picture for you.

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Butch on Tap: Behind enemy lines

So, I just made it out of the ladies' room unscathed. This is a daily stress for me. Allow me to explain.

For a butch, using a public restroom is one of the worst things.

I don't present myself as a typical woman, right? And, I certainly am no lady.

This makes a trip into the ladies' room a lot like a trip across enemy lines.

I try to get in, take care of business, wash my hands, and get out as fast as possible - without getting shot.

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Butch on Tap: Tapping in

(Editor's Note: SDGLN is pleased to welcome our newest contributor, "Butch Jaxon." Butch recently started a blog about beer, but her writing quickly took a sharp turn and it became more about what it is like to experience the world as a butch lesbian. Her insight and honesty when describing situations -- that many of us may take for granted -- was refreshing. For now, she will write using a pseudonym. We hope you enjoy her experiences.)

When SDGLN asked me if they could repost my blog, I was delighted.

Allow me to introduce myself.

Telling my 10-year-old that I am gay

Readers of my blog now know that I came out last year. I told pretty much all the key players in my life that I'm gay, one person at a time. It was freakin' exhausting to have The Conversation so many times, but it was good. Everyone in my life was amazing and supportive and worthy of their own Humanitarian award, no kidding.

One of the last people I came out to was my 10-year-old daughter, about nine months into the process. Strange that the final person to hear the news was one of the people who needed to know the most.

Coming out to supportive families offers health benefits

As it turns out, coming out of the closet is good for your health -- if your family members are supportive, that is.

A new study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in a representative Massachusetts sample experienced significantly less mental health and substance abuse problems if they received positive support from their parents after coming out.

San Diego Pride administers LGBT legal needs survey

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego LGBT Pride is administering a survey to determine what legal needs exist within the local LGBT community. The survey also seeks to find out if those needs are being met.

The organization hopes that community members will take the anonymous survey to share their thoughts on the topic. San Diego Pride officials say that the results of the survey may lead to the creation of a program that will better address those needs.

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