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SF gets nation’s first trans district

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 29 April 2017 17:24
  • Written by AP

Local politicians, local activists and a hotel and condominium developer have allied to announce the designation of the first transgender historic district in the United States.
“I’m excited that for the first time ever, and as far as I know in the world, that we are commemorating a social cultural district for Transgender and non-gender conforming community,” said San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim.

The location is within the Tenderloin, which is where what’s believed to be one of the first LGBTQ_protests originated. It will be called the Compton’s LGBT District and will cover six blocks in the Tenderloin district from Market including two blocks of 6th street. The new historic district gets its name from the Compton Cafeteria riots of August 1966. A cafeteria owned by Gene Compton was a local gathering place for the transgender community. Staff complained about “the cross¬dressing patrons” and asked police to crack down, because cross-dressing was illegal at the time. Police raided the business, sparking demonstrations and riots.

Although an LGBTQ protest at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965, preceded the uprising, the Compton Cafeteria riots are considered the first transgender riot in the United States, preceding Stonewall in New York City by three years, and a deal was struck with the developer to preserve that history.

“This is a great thing. Everyone ended up a winner.The SRO housing will be built. It will be a thriving district and not just a plaque on the wall”, said Honey Mahogany of the Compton district.
A boarded and vacant building in the 900 block of Market will be replaced with a hotel and condo complex which will transform the district and create a safe haven for the transgender community as well as low-income people.

Further protecting your same-sex marriage

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:11
  • Written by John Schneider & David Auten

Many in our community are concerned about the future of same-sex marriage and our civil rights.
If this is you, let's do something about it. Take the following steps to legally and financially protect your relationship as much as possible.
Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship
Put your assets in a Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship. Joint tenancy means that when one of you passes away, the other automatically and fully owns of all your assets.
This protects against others’ claims to your assets.

Wills
Each of you should draw up a will that spells out the owner of your assets when you pass away. Unless you come to another agreement, inherit your assets to each other. In the unfortunate event that you both pass away at or about the same time, include a per stirpes clause to outline the sequence of inheritors.
Designate an executor, likely each other, to oversee the division of your estates. If you have children, designate non-biological parents as their guardian.

Beneficiaries
Update all the beneficiaries on all ac-counts to be in line with your will unless you and your spouse agree otherwise.
This technicality catches many by surprise, but beneficiary designations supersede wills. For this reason, update your beneficiaries annually when you file your taxes.

Second-Parent Adoptions
If you have or will have children, non- biological parents should legally adopt and be listed on their birth certificates as the second parent.
This will be hard in some states, as some state constitutions have outdated language that prohibits two people of the same gender on the same birth certificate.

Powers of Attorney
Designate each other as both financial and medical powers of attorney. Financial powers of attorney designate an agent to handle financial needs. Medical powers of attorney designate someone to handle medical needs.
Choose a durable power or springing power of attorney.
Durable powers of attorney authorize an agent to immediately act on your be¬half, including if you become temporarily or permanently incompetent or incapacitated. The authorization ceases when you pass away.
Springing powers of attorney authorize an agent to act on your behalf and only goes into effect if you become permanently incapacitated, as authorized by a medical doctor. This, too, ceases when you pass away.

Living Wills
Living wills outline medical and end-of- life wishes, if you cannot speak for yourself. Specify DNR (do not resuscitate), the use of feeding tubes, respirators, dialysis and blood transfusions instructions.

Contact Information
Document important contacts, such as doctors, accountants and attorneys, and their contact information should you become incompetent or incapacitated.

Archiving
Store important documents and information electronically. DocuBank electronically stores legal documents and information on an easily accessible card the size of a credit card. This is helpful when you must access information on the fly, such as when medical professionals question your rights to visit your spouse in the hospital.
Even if some of these steps are redundant, they provide added protection in case the legality of our marriages are questioned.

Gay tax time: A primer

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 19:25
  • Written by Jason Scott

Filing your taxes can be a complicated and intimidating process.
For many LGBTQ people, the process is made even more unapproachable because tax software and tax preparation companies seldom have a clear understanding of the credits, deductions, and other issues that are most relevant for members of our community.
The National LGBTQ Task Force has put together a fact sheet LGBTQ people can share with their tax preparer to make the process easier.
Finding a tax preparer with an in- depth understanding of the financial and personal lives of LGBTQ people can be difficult. That shouldn’t mean that LGBTQ citizens miss out on claiming credits and deductions that you’re entitled to receive.

Did you know:

• If you itemize, you may be able to deduct the out-of-pocket cost of transition-related care, including: surgery; reproductive health care, including abortion; and HIV-related care.

• The IRS checks your name and gender marker against the Social Security Administration’s database.

• If you adopt a child, you may be able to claim a credit to offset the costs of adoption, up to $13,190.
For more information on these and other facts important to members of the queer community, check out the LGBTQ Taxpayer Checklist at ngltf.org.

We recommend:

Michael R. Swain -  Certified Public Accountant

8427 North Millbrook, Suite 110 Fresno, California 93720 
Phone: 559.492.0272 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clovis Unified cancels play because of gay main character

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 23 January 2017 11:01
  • Written by Jason Scott

noexiartThousands have signed a petition demanding that Clovis Unified School District reinstate the production of a play at Buchanan High that students say was abruptly canceled because a main character is gay.

The petition on change.org says, “The reason we were given for the cancellation was something along the lines of there’s a lesbian character and some parents may have to explain to their child that some women love other women. That our audience doesn’t approve of homosexuality, and we should be playing to our audience.”

The production was of “No Exit,” written in the 1940s by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Jean-Paul Sartre. The play features a lesbian postal clerk who turns a woman against her husband.

Buchanan High student Jared Serpa, who directed the play, says in a video posted to Twitter on Friday that school administrators shut down the play because of an audience complaint, saying the gay character could force parents to have uncomfortable conversations with their children. 

No comment frm the district at this time, updates posted at The Fresno Bee.


Intrepid pilot is back on flying status

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:11
  • Written by DJ Doran

After weeks of paperwork and dealing with the FAA, I have finally been cleared to fly. And just in time, too!
By the time you are reading this, I will have already been back in the left seat and in the air. Over the next few months I will be refreshing my Multi- Engine and Instrument ratings and will add a Tail-Wheel endorsement so I can be prepared for the DC-3 certification I am scheduled to complete in October of 2017.

As with any project of this size and scope, there have been high highs and low lows over the last year. I have struggled to hit my stride and have not been able to devote the time needed to plan for this flight because of pressing responsibilities to my other businesses.

I would love to be able to spend much more of my time toward this, but I just haven’t been able to do so - until now. New editors in place to take over The Eagle and Gaycation Magazine and a growing staff will allow me the luxury of focusing more on PrideFlight.

The amount of planning and coordination required for this flight could fill months, and will continue to evolve as my team and I move forward. In mid- January, we will again begin the search for crew. A single pilot can technically fly the DC 3, but in reality it really needs a minimum crew of three: Pilot, Co- Pilot and a Flight Engineer/Mechanic. Because this flight will span a year or so, I will be looking for several Co-Pilots to sit in the right seat during specific legs of the flight. I would prefer to have an LGBTQ Co-Pilot, but quite frankly I am not really sure if there are any out there who would be willing to commit to a project like this. Nevertheless, we are beginning the search right after the New Year.

I know a lot of people think this project is never going to take off for a myriad of reasons, and I under¬stand why they would think that. It has NEVER been done before and they don’t know me. I get it, and I understand the challenges that I will face trying to get this project funded and off the ground, but that will not deter me from trying.

If I had listened to the naysayers that cautioned me about buying a 61-foot sailboat as my first boat and living aboard for three and a half years - or buying a vintage motor home and driving across the U.S. for a year; or launching a Gay travel magazine; or buying hotels; or starting a radio station; or buying a gay newspaper in Indiana - I never would have done anything.

The first step of accomplishing anything is to dream it, then work your ass off to make it happen. I hear all the negative comments, the cautionary advice and the fear of failure that others try to project onto me for whatever their reasons, but that has never stopped me before and it won’t stop me now.

If I hit a wall during the process, I will try to climb over it, under it or around it and I will get past it. I never once thought that this project would be easy and believe me, it hasn’t been, but in 2017 I will do whatever I have to do in order to keep this project alive and moving forward.
One of the things that will hap¬pen right away is the PrideFlight2018 website, www.prideflight2018.com, being redeveloped to host my blog, “From the Flight Deck,” and to offer regular project updates. We will also launch several crowd-funding campaigns. We have many other initiatives throughout 2017 scheduled to let people know about our flight and to continue moving the project forward.
I realize and accept the fact that the LGBTQ community may take its time to get behind me, but I believe with all of my heart that eventually, they will come around.

Until then, stay tuned.