Not Your Daddy’s Leather Daddy

Not Your Daddy’s Leather Daddy

Queer Voices, Trans
Recently, I had the change to sit down with Gauge Strongarm.  I’ve know Gauge for awhile now, but when he won the SF Leather Daddy Contest and in his acceptance speech described what the title met to him, I knew there was a story I wanted to share with you.  I asked Gauge last year a Sac Heat if he’d be willing to sit down with us, and he of course replied yes.  Unfortunately, with our crazy schedules that sit down took awhile. Gauge was born intersexed, he self identified as a male, but his family raised him as a girl.  Gender identity is challenging in the best of circumstances, but to be forced into an identity that conflicts with your own natural self identification, well I’ll let Gauge tell…
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LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Communities

LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Communities

Community
Finding LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Communities For Your Senior Loved Ones Every year, countless families find themselves searching for senior living communities for their elderly loved ones. The right community is paramount for any senior looking to enjoy this new chapter in their life and for many LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered) seniors, finding the right fit can seem like a challenge. There is generally less acceptance of the LGBT community among older generations, which can make it very difficult to find supportive resources within the senior demographic. It is estimated that “48 percent of LGBT older couples face discrimination" according to a 2014 investigation by the nonprofit Equal Rights Center.** The good news is, now more than ever, there are countless senior housing communities welcoming older LGBT seniors into…
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LGBTQ Youth Conferences

LGBTQ Youth Conferences

Calendar, Youth
Youth Conferences bring together thousands of openly LGBT youth to build leadership capacity among LGBTQ youths to create safer and more inclusive communities. Is your event not listed?  Send us an email Bear | Business | Career| Conferences | Europe | Film | Leather | Lesbian | Trans [caption id="attachment_36052" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Camp Pride, Campus Pride[/caption] Jan - SoCal T*Camp - T*Camp is an intercampus retreat to explore gender identity and expression and to engage in dialogue with our peers. This event is specifically for students who are transgender, genderqueer, or gender questioning (TGQQ). Retreat facilitators include transgender and genderqueer community members, as well as campus LGBT resource professionals. @ Pilgrim Pines, UC Riverside; Jan 5-7, 2018 Feb - !Presente! Conference - The ¡Present! Conference is a queer college conference for Latinx/Chicanx/Indigenous/PoC, with a…
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International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

Politics
International LGBT Leaders – LGBT Leaders will bring together hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is the national voice on issues pertaining to openly LGBT leadership, including elected and appointed officials.  Senior members of the Victory team are available for on-the-record comment about LGBT leadership and related LGBT news, trends, and developments. We’ll gather for three days of networking, skills-building, and workshops designed to help LGBT advocates make changes across America and around the world.Washington, DC; Dec 6-9, 2017 The 2017 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference is hosting LGBTQ and allied speakers from across the world — with more being announced each week! Confirmed keynote speakers include: U.S. Senator Cory Booker Congresswoman Maxine Waters Additional speakers include: California State Senator…
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Gay Bears Groups and Organizations

Gay Bears Groups and Organizations

Community
Like your men on the beefy, furry side? We got you covered. Check here for local bear clubs and see what upcoming events they are hosting.  It’s a great way to meet your fellow bears. Bear Clubs A-E | Bear Clubs F-Z Seasons of Pride provides the bear and leather communities this calendar of leather/BDSM and bear events for your twisted travels.  Join us at Haus of BDSM for all your twisted needs… [caption id="attachment_44824" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Viking Bears of Stockholm, Sweden[/caption] Jan–Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul–Sept | Oct-Dec Bear Resources | Calendar | Gay Leather Fetish History | Haus of BDSM | Kink Friendly Professionals   Leather Associations | Titleholders Bear Clubs and Organization Harbour City Bears - We run weekly social events, produce a monthly newsletter, regular dance parties such as Chunky and Bear Pit; as well as our two annual festivals - Bear Essentials (February) & Bear Pride (August). Harbour…
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Same-Sex Marriage Around the World

Same-Sex Marriage Around the World

Community
We’re all aware of the wonderful news that came out of Australia just recently in relation to the “yes” result in their postal vote for same-sex marriage. The hope is that the Australian politicians will now enact the will of the people into legislation and the talk is that it might even happen before Christmas. What a fantastic Christmas gift for the people of all orientations in Australia! Achieving the same marriage rights as straight couples is a journey that has been hard fought and not without its conflicts for many countries all over the world. People have gone out and canvassed, marched, protested in their droves in order for this issue to even be brought to the polls in many countries around the globe. Being legally allowed to marry…
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Gay Bear Clubs

Gay Bear Clubs

Community
Before visiting another city, check here for a club and see what upcoming events they are hosting.  It’s a great way to meet your fellow bears. Bear Clubs A-G | Bear Clubs H-Z Seasons of Pride provides the bear and leather communities this calendar of leather/BDSM and bear events for your twisted travels.  Join us at Haus of BDSM for all your twisted needs… Jan–Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul–Sept | Oct-Dec Bear Resources | Calendar | Gay Leather Fetish History | Haus of BDSM | Kink Friendly Professionals   Leather Associations | Titleholders Bear Clubs and Organizations   Aloha Bears - Our organization is based in Honolulu — established in June 1999. What defines us as a group is our welcoming spirit and a genuine sense of Aloha - the kind one finds in a gentle bear hug. We have a strong bond with our community, our land, and our sea. We believe we are…
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5 Things To Know Before Getting Serious With A Trans Guy

5 Things To Know Before Getting Serious With A Trans Guy

Advice, Trans
According to the survey, conducted by the Williams Institute in 2016, 0.6% of U.S. adults identify themselves as transgender. Transgender persons are the part of the LGBT community and in their life, they overcome numerous obstacles. Dating a trans guy is both a challenging and exhilarating experience. It is full of new discoveries, happy moments, and tough struggles. So, before starting the transgender relationship, you should know some myths about it and there are some things you should be prepared for. Myths About The Transgender Relationship Trans relationships are mysterious and enigmatic. They are special as you share them with the special person. Despite the variety of prejudices about the trans relationships, in most cases, they are filled with love, mutual respect, and understanding. If you start dating a trans…
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Connecting Queer Communities

Connecting Queer Communities

Community
Often, we have ideas rattling around in our brains. It's the thing they always resurface in quiet moments.  It's the “I should…” thing that nags you. As a business owner, I am always looking for ways to grow my business. Smart ways to grow my business, not “Build a million followers in a week” kind of stuff, but serious strategies and best practices to build a true business network. I've been doing this Marketing thing for close to 15 years, and here is what I've learned so far. Most local B2B business happens via word of mouth. As a rule, accountants do get business because they tweet, but because one of their customers was happy with their services and referred them to a business colleague. Social media, websites help reinforce…
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Rainbow Toastmasters

Rainbow Toastmasters

Community
Recently, I was invited to The SF Rainbow Toastmasters.  It was a fun-filled evening as members presented and critiqued three speeches.  In addition, there was a round of table topics where members stand up and have 1-2 minutes to offer their best to response to impromptu topics. We sat down with Rainbow Toastmaster, Michael Platania to learn more. How did the Rainbow Toastmasters begin? Ken Stram was the founder. He started the club about six or seven years ago. He was the Economic Development Director at the SF LGBT Center and thought this would be a good program to have. He eventually left the center and Rainbow, but we are very excited that he has recently rejoined Rainbow! Why an LGBT chapter? To give us a safe space to speak…
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