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Out.com's queering Comic-Con: LGBT highlights at San Diego Comic-Con

Out.com has posted a day by day guide to some of the LGBT highlights at this week's San Diego Comic-Con and helpful tips for first time convention goers. Matt Kane, GLAAD's Director of Entertainment Media, will be speaking as part of Thursday's "LGBT Geek Year in Review" panel covering the latest trends in LGBT pop culture and what we can look forward to in Room 28DE at 6:00pm.

Hedy's Hints: How to keep your summer utility bills down

As the temperature begins to rise, so do the numbers on your electric bill. Even in the beautiful city of San Diego, where the average temperature is right around 70 degrees all year, air conditioning can become necessary in the heat of the summer. The more you use your appliances and air conditioning units, the more money you’re spending on your utility bill. With the longer days and summer fun come bigger bills. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep your utility bills down in the summer months.

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RGOD2: Getting ready for San Diego Pride

There are many traditions that have developed in the San Diego community over the years to add spice and flavor to one of the nation’s most celebrated events. I must have attended at least 10 Pride parades, half of which I was a cheering spectator and the other half have been marching or riding with someone in the actual parade.

Outspoken Dan Savage talks about things that make him uncomfortable

NEW YORK CITY -- Advice columnist, author, advocate and founder of the “It Gets Better” campaign, Dan Savage writes openly and frankly about sex and sexuality, but what’s the one thing he hates talking about? Money.

In the latest episode of WNYC’s "Death, Sex & Money," Savage sat down with host Anna Sale to discuss the challenges of raising a teenager, difficulties relating to his own father, and of course how he and his husband Terry Miller deal with their finances.

Excerpts from the interview:

On the money being a point of tension in his marriage to his husband Terry:

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Report outlines workplace barriers for LGBT youth

WASHINGTON, DC — This generation of LGBT youth is unlike any previous generation. While individual experiences vary, many are coming out earlier and expressing their gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, unemployment for young people under age 25 has been more than twice the national average for years, and the challenges facing young people generally are exacerbated in the LGBT community.

Couples dance naked in LA mall on National Nude Day

Whether you knew it or not (or like it or not), National Nude Day was July 14.

What does that mean? We're not entirely sure.

All we do know is that a bunch of couples of all shapes and sizes, same-sex and opposite-sex, apparently got naked and took downtown Los Angeles by storm.

According to a press release sent to The Huffington Post, the video was inspired by VH1's new series "Dating Naked," which "explores the question: would finding love be easier if you truly had nothing to hide?"

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Heart & Soul: The experience of Pride

As I’m sure you know, at least in North America, ‘tis the season for Pride.

In San Diego, we’ll be celebrating with the Pride Parade this Saturday, July 19, to be followed by the Music Festival, with music, booths, food and drink, as well as many other community events. We’ll come together, regardless of the label we place on ourselves (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or even straight, as well as Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.)

Then on Monday, we’ll finish sweeping everything up and put our supplies and costumes back in the closet for another year.

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Hedy's Hints: Understanding your credit score

Chances are that at some point in your life, you’ll want to purchase a home. In order to apply for a mortgage loan, the lender will have to obtain your credit report to approve the loan. According to a recent study by TransUnion, 70% of Americans have little to no understanding of how a credit score works or that there are various credit scoring models.

2014 San Diego Pride Pageant crowns 6 new titleholders

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Imperial Court de San Diego crowned the 2014 San Diego Pride titleholders at the annual Gay Pride pageant Sunday night, including the first-ever categories for transgender and youth participants.

This year’s winner are

Mr. Gay Pride 2014: Jake London Sawa

Ms. Gay Pride 2014: Tiara Gollaher

Miss Gay Pride 2014: Landa Plenty

Mr. Trans Pride 2014: Zarious Rashad Hughes

Ms. Trans Pride 2014: Mayson Lee

Mr. Gay Youth Pride 2014: Hakeem Jojo Peyton-Ortiz

Ms. Gay Youth Pride 2014: Arianna Segla

"I love my transgender brother"

As the mother of a transgender son, I often wonder how my younger straight son truly felt as our family was navigating through some of our most challenging years. When you have the combination of one child who is struggling, parents who are struggling and another child who is quiet and sensitive, I often thought how is my younger son feeling.

So I would have a conversation with him that looked something like this:

"Hey, honey, I wanted to check in with you to see how you are doing. Are you getting the support you need from us?"

"Yes", he replies softly.

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