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    Interwoven Legacies: Celebrating Local LGBTQ+ and Personal Milestones

    By Jay Greene, Esq., CPA–

    In the tapestry of personal and community identity, recognizing important milestones holds profound significance, particularly within the context of local LGBTQ+ history. Celebrating personal milestones, whether it be the joyous union of partners, the adoption of estate planning measures, or the courageous act of coming out, is a vital acknowledgment of individual growth and self-realization.

    Understanding and commemorating key milestones in local LGBTQ+ history is an act of reverence for the trailblazers and activists who have paved the way for acceptance and equality. The intersection of community and personal milestones, including estate planning, emphasizes the interconnectedness of our journeys. Estate planning, in particular, emerges as a crucial aspect, ensuring that the legacy of personal triumphs and societal progress is safeguarded and passed on with intentionality. In embracing both personal and community narratives, we weave a richer, more inclusive tapestry that honors the past, informs the present, and paves the way for a more equitable future.

    San Francisco Bay Times & Golden Gate Business Association Historic Milestones

    The San Francisco Bay Times and the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) each boast a profound and lasting legacy, albeit in distinct realms, contributing significantly to the cultural, social, and economic fabric of San Francisco. 

    The San Francisco Bay Times celebrated their 45th anniversary this year as they were founded in 1978.  It has left an indelible mark as a pioneering LGBTQ+ publication, chronicling the struggles, triumphs, and evolving narratives of our community over the past four decades. It has been a powerful advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, a source of information, and a unifying force in fostering a sense of belonging. The San Francisco Bay Times and the GGBA celebrated their holiday party Tuesday, December 12, at The Academy SF in the Castro, honoring their historic milestones.

    The GGBA, established in 1974, celebrates 50 years in 2024 as the world’s first LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce. It plays a transformative role in the economic landscape of San Francisco. By championing the interests of LGBTQ+ businesses and professionals, the GGBA has contributed to the city’s prosperity and diversity. To learn about the GGBA 50th anniversary celebrations, please go to

    Both legacies intersect in their dedication to inclusivity, community empowerment, and the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights, creating a rich tapestry that reflects the dynamic essence of all San Francisco LGBTQ+ residents.

    Personal Milestones

    As an estate planning attorney, I underscore the critical significance of proactively addressing your estate planning needs upon reaching significant personal milestones. Life’s major events, such as marriage, the birth of a child, or the acquisition of substantial assets, serve as pivotal moments that necessitate careful consideration of your financial, individual, and familial future. Proper estate planning ensures that your hard-earned assets are safeguarded and distributed according to your wishes, providing financial security for you and your loved ones. 

    By taking the initiative to establish a comprehensive estate plan, you not only mitigate potential conflicts for you and others but also gain peace of mind knowing that your affairs are in order. Whether it involves drafting a will, establishing trusts, or designating power of attorney, addressing these matters in tandem with life’s milestones is a responsible and compassionate act that offers protection and support for both you and your heirs.

    If you are looking for help with your own estate planning needs, or would like to discuss how we can help your loved ones with their plans, please feel free to contact us at or call us at 415-905-0215. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Statements In Compliance with California Rules of Professional Conduct: The materials in this article have been prepared by Attorney Jay Greene for educational purposes only and are not legal advice. This information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Individuals should consult with an estate planning and elder law attorney for up-to-date information for their individual plans.

    Jay Greene, Attorney, CPA, is the founder of Greene Estate, Probate, & Elder Law Firm based in San Francisco, and is focused on helping LGBT individuals, couples, and families plan for their future, protect their assets, and preserve their wealth. For more information and to schedule an assessment, visit:

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    Published on December 21, 2023