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Potcakes aren't what you think, and you can help save one

Find puppy love this summer in the North Atlantic.

Taking a trip to the Bahamas this year? Turks and Caicos perhaps? 

Then you will undoubtedly encounter free roaming puppies known as Potcakes throughout most of the islands in the North Atlantic.

Normally tourists aren't bothered by them; they are friendly and independent, stopping at nearby hangouts for a savory handout or a pat on the head.  

Local LGBT art programs help the community express themselves in creative ways

This year we’ll also be bringing you OUT at the Opera and OUT at the Ballet. When done with intention, the use of art, poetry, music, and theater can truly be a revolutionary act.

The turbulent stories of our unique perspectives, vulnerable lives and heroic movement are worthy of being preserved and showcased.

Visual and performing arts provide for us innovative advocacy and community building palettes where we are empowered to creatively bare out our hearts to find new empathic connections.

Annual Big Mike birthday celebration always gives back

Big Mike's 20th Anniversary fundraiser is on Jan 19.

For 20 years, local LGBT activist Big Mike has been using his birthday to give back to others. This year is no different. 

Big Mike’s goal is to raise $20,000 that will be divided between Florence Elementary School PTA and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Ellen Page on table reads, Armistead Maupin and coming out

 The "Casablanca" reading will take place on Thursday, December 13 at the historic Ace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. 

Ellen Page assures me that a live table read is definitely a fun night out even if I think it sounds like something I'd want to take a rain check on. 

The Oscar-nominated actress is playing it again Sam in this year's table read as Rick Blaine, to Kiersey Clemons'  Ilsa Lund in a lesbian twist to the 1942 classic film Casablanca.

Urban Street Angels offer San Diego's homeless youth a wing and a prayer

Through their many programs, USA offers homeless teens a wing and a prayer.

Keeping San Diego's homeless youth safe is the primary mission of the Urban Street Angels (USA). Every day they hope to “end youth homelessness by providing supportive housing and employment opportunities to cultivate personal responsibility."

Judy and Dennis Shepard to speak at St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego

The Shepards will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral 2728 6th Ave. in The Great Hall on December 16 at 9 am.

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death, and his parents, Judy and Dennis, will be in San Diego speaking about their work and the purpose of the Shepard Foundation.

They will be at St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday, December 16 at 9 am. The public is invited to join them at the Forum Workshop in the Great Hall for a morning of reflection and hope.

PETA equates “speciesist” idioms to homophobic slurs

PETA receives social media backlash over latest campaign.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is bringing awareness to their cause by issuing a list of  “speciest” slurs they equate to using homophobic ones. 

They find phrases such as “bring home the bacon.” and "kill two birds with one stone" as problematic. Instead, they suggest using “bring home the bagels.” and "feed two birds with one scone" respectively. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance around San Diego

Transgender Day of Remembrance around San Diego

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)  is a day started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith who began a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed a year earlier.

Since then it has become an important day to honor all of those who have been murdered just for being who they are.