Facing HIV/AIDS: Strategies for Coping, Supporting, and Preventing

Facing HIV/AIDS: Strategies for Coping, Supporting, and Preventing

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, it’s crucial to shed light on the current status and impact of HIV in America, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community. While strides have been made with tools like PrEP, challenges persist, both in terms of prevention and addressing the emotional toll of…

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Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility

This practice is a gender specialist dedicated to promoting the lives and well-being of transgender and gender nonconforming people.  Let’s celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility March 31. Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). The goal is to raise awareness about transgender…

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LGBTQ identity

LGBTQ identity At the end of last year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued a report stating that “conversion therapy – efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression – is a practice that is not supported by credible evidence.  The report follows…

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Same-Sex Marriage and Mental Health

Same-Sex Marriage and Mental Health The recent ruling supporting supporting same-sex marriage will have significant implications for the emotional well-being of many gays and lesbians and their children.  Same-sex couples were demeaned and their children humiliated by barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage.  Historically, same-sex couples were stigmatized and discriminated…

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Transgender Military Service

Transgender Military Service The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates unanimously passed a GLMA-led resolution stating “there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals” from US military service.  Now we wait to see when this resolution is put into policy, and when the policy can actually decrease discrimination…

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Gay and Lesbian Issues

Gay and Lesbian Issues I recently saw a local play about gay marriage in the US. This, coupled with Ireland passing gay marriage, Spain passing gay marriage, and Indiana passing legislation legalizing gay and lesbian discrimination reminds me that gay and lesbian individuals and couples continue to face interpersonal, societal,…

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Gender on the Spectrum

Gender on the Spectrum Gender falls on a spectrum from being completely comfortable with your natal gender, to wanting to transition to the opposite gender, to somewhere in between. But being transgender is not a sexuality issue, and it may not even be a sexual preference issue; it’s really more…

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