Your Less Than Sexy Weekly Wellness Roundup

Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

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Students Find Sex Ed Less than Sexy

Youth find sex ed courses to be “negative, gendered and heterosexist,” according to a new analysis that found schools ignore the reality of students’ sexual lives and don’t address the diversity of their experiences. Students worried about confidentiality and had trouble dealing with anxiety from talking openly about sex.

Post-Marriage Equality Fights Continue Across States

A court struck down Wisconsin’s policy of only naming the birth parent on birth certificates for kids born to same-sex couples, a practice that continued despite marriage equality. Meanwhile, New Jersey same-sex female couples are fighting a state law that only grants opposite-sex couples insurance coverage of infertility treatment.

Minority and Bisexual Youth Less Likely to Use PrEP

A study of queer California youth reports that white youth were more than twice as likely as Latino youth to have used PrEP to prevent HIV (13.9% compared to 6.6%). Among those not using PrEP, white youth were 2.5 times as likely to black youth to be aware of the option, while gay youth were 4.5 times as likely to be aware of PrEP than were bisexual youth.

Bisexual Teen Girls Struggle Getting Healthcare

Researchers found that only 18% of bisexual female youth had spoken to their doctor about their sexual identity – the same percent who thought their provider was knowledgeable about LGBT health. Bi female youth reported judgmental and heterosexist attitudes from providers, and feared being out to their doctor could also out them at home.

New Tools to Fight Healthcare Discrimination rainbowhhs

LGBT HealthLink is hosting a webinar this Wednesday on understanding LGBT rights in healthcare, following recent changes that expanding nondiscrimination. The Fenway Institute just published a guide for patients and providers on the new rule, which comes as major news outlets report rampant anti-trans discrimination in healthcare.  A recording of the webinar can be found here.

More Evidence Trans Students Are Harmed by School Policies

Human Rights Watch reports that barring trans students from using appropriate school bathrooms and locker rooms has resulted in assaults, harassment, urinary tract infections, dehydration, and mental health issues, adding to a growing body of evidence on the harms of discrimination against trans youth.

Last Week in Wellness Roundup News

 

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Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

Pediatricians Say Anti-LGBT Laws Hurt Kids

Several leading doctors explain in the Journal of Pediatrics how anti-LGBT bills that have sprung up in 22 states (such as North Carolina’s infamous bathroom bill) perpetuate stigma “and teach all children messages of fear and hatred of difference.” Many of the laws also threaten LGBT kids’ access to healthcare.

Research on Same-Sex Couples is Helping Inform Research on All Couples

A study on male same-sex relationships found that guys living with HIV had more decision making power in their relationships but other factors didn’t reliably predict relationship satisfaction the way power theories would suggest. Meanwhile, areview of research on female same-sex relationships found that consent about chore division may be more important than number of chores done, offering new insight into relationship satisfaction for all couples.

Queer Youth Have Less Support, Heightening Suicide Risk

A study of Massachusetts youth found that queer and questioning students had less adult support outside of school ― a troubling fact since they also found adult support outside of school protected against suicidality more than adult support at school. Additionally, this support didn’t reduce suicidality as much among bisexual and questioning youth, possibly because even supportive adults lacked the resources or open-mindedness to help.

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Amazon’s “One Mississippi” Spotlights Lesbian Health

Amazon is streaming a new series about a queer woman who returns home to Mississippi after the loss of her mother and who is herself is recovering from breast cancer. “One Mississippi” stars Tig Notaro and touches on the unique problems LGBT folks encounter in dealing with cancer, loss and sexual trauma.

Understanding Risk-Taking among Queer Youth of Color

An LA-based study found that more pride in one’s orientation decreased the likelihood of sexual risk-taking among young Black and Latino men who have sex with men. Researchers found that Latino youth expressed more pride regarding their sexual orientation than did Black youth, but that the relationship between ethnicity and orientation was complex.

Lobbyists Push to Block Tobacco Product Investigation 

E-cigarette and cigar lobbyists are working to prevent the FDA from investigating the safety of their products, which recently came under its jurisdiction. It’s a critical issue for LGBT folks, who use e-cigs at double the rate of others, and who also smoke more cigars.

NYT Crossword for Everyone In This Week’s Wellness Roundup

Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

Queer Hispanic Youth Face Major Health Risks  hispanic-youth

Researchers found that sexual minority Hispanic students in the Miami area had twice the odds of lifetime alcohol use, three times the odds of cigarette use, and almost four times the odds of drug use when compared to heterosexual Hispanics. These disparities appear even higher than those among all LGB youth, suggesting it may be worse for LGB Hispanics.

 

NYT Crossword Celebrates Transgender Acceptance

We know even microaggressions create bad health outcomes ― that’s why we like to celebrate all those ways we see micro- or macro-supports for the LGBT communities. Slate magazine is calling New York Times’s Sept. 1 crossword one of the most important in their history. In it, several words are able to be filled out with either and M or an F in one box, and the long “revealer” answer at the heart of the puzzle is the word “gender fluid.” Hear, hear!

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Could Clinton’s Plan Improve LGBT Mental Health?

The Advocate opines that Hillary Clinton’s newly released mental health plan, which calls for better access to and integration of mental healthcare, could reduce disparities faced by LGBT people. Clinton’s proposal specifically calls for improved services for LGBT students, who face more than four times the odds of attempting suicide.

Urology Residents Lacking in Transgender Training, Exposure

A study found that nearly half of urology residents had neither training nor clinical exposure to transgender care, despite the key role urologists play in gender-affirming surgeries. Residents were three times as likely to learn about trans care through interacting with real patients than being formally taught.

How the ACA Helps Homeless Queer Youth

The Center for American Progress reports that the Affordable Care Act offers several avenues for homeless queer youth to get health insurance, though options are limited in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Up to 45 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT.

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A study found that LGB young adults have about double the odds of using complimentary healthcare like massage therapy, chiropractors, and herbal remedies, compared with heterosexual young adults. This may be a means of avoiding traditional and less welcoming forms of care.

Hormone Therapy Ups Body Fat in Trans Women

An analysis of recent studies shows that trans women have an average 25 percent increase in body fat from undergoing hormone therapy, while trans men also gained weight but saw a decrease in body fat. This may put trans women at increased risk of cardiometabolic disease, including diabetes and heart disease.

This Week: A Very Transgender Wellness Roundup

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Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

SaferSexFinally! A Safer Sex Guide Just For Trans Folks

A new guide on safer sex for transgender individuals was published by the HRC Foundation and Whitman-Walker Health, covering everything from dental dams and PrEP to changes that can occur during transition-related care.

Stage Set For Battle Over Transgender Rights

Five states sued the Obama administration for protecting transgender people under the Affordable Care Act’s ban on sex-based discrimination, claiming it violates healthcare providers’ religious freedom to discriminate. The case is now before a Texas judge and could someday reach the Supreme Court.

Major Medical Journal Spotlights Trans Mental Health Head Shot Scout 2014 lo res

The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry published a special section on improving care for the trans community, including a piece by the Wellness Roundup’s very own Scout. What are some key next steps? Ending so-called conversion therapy, expanding access to hormone blockers for trans kids, reducing sky-high rates of suicidality, and improving data collection.

What Can Clinicians Do to Support Trans Health?

Another article in the journal highlighted ways that behavioral health (or any other) clinicians can support the trans community, including learning about the unique journey of each patient, knowing about trans rights and resources, and working to undue stigma to which the mental health field has historically contributed.

Doctor Spurs Internet Freak-out On LGBT Identity

Anti-LGBT media outlets jumped on an article by a pair of discredited doctors who suggest that LGBT identities are not innate but rather a matter of choice, a claim that contradicts the opinion every legitimate U.S. medical association. HuffPo previously covered the lead author’s work for a hate group.

Just Say “No Way”, and Teachers Say “Yes!”

Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

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When Do Teachers Support LGBT Students?

A study found that teachers more frequently support and have better attitudes about LGBT students if they work at schools with gay-straight alliances and better LGBT-related professional development. Researchers noted the critical role that supportive teachers can play in improving LGBT student wellbeing and mental health.

Male Trans Youth at Higher Risk of Suicide

A new clinical study of trans patients found that young trans men were three times more likely than young trans women to have attempted suicide, and were also more likely to have engaged in self-harm and to feel unsafe at home. Additionally, trans youth who were unhappy with their weight were twice as likely to have attempted suicide as those who were not. In all, three in ten trans youth had attempted suicide.

BullyingGraphics Illustrate Profound LGB Youth Disparities

These charts are another result of the big new CDC report on LGB youth we reported on last week. They paint a brutal picture. As compared to heterosexual youth, LGB youth are: >3 times more likely to have been forced into intercourse; >2 times more likely to have experienced dating violence; >4 times more likely to have tried heroin; >2 times more likely to have used ecstasy; and >4 times more likely to have attempted suicide.

U.K. Activists Fight for Trans Fitness

The Independent reports on how trans activists in the U.K. have worked to organize fitness groups and gain access to athletic facilities like swimming pools, with the goal of creating a healthy alternative to the usual (and alcohol- and smoke-filled) social spaces of bars and clubs.

These Queer Emoji Say “No Way” to Smoking ThisFreeLife1

Smile! This Free Life ― the largest LGBT health campaign in U.S. history ― has a sweet new package of queer emojis for anyone who can pass a short quiz on LGBT tobacco disparities. You can study up at the very queer anti-tobacco homepage the government recently rolled out.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

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The Secret to Great Sex for Bisexual Women

New research on bisexual women in the Midwest found that their best sexual experiences were not defined by orgasms, with only 18% of participants mentioning climax in describing their best sex of the year. Instead, relational and emotional factors (like feeling secure, mutuality of pleasure and intimacy level) were more important.

Supreme Court Halts Bathroom Access for Trans Student

The Supreme Court temporarily halted a judge’s decision in favor of a transgender student whose school will not let him use the appropriate bathroom, a possible sign that the Court will take the case themselves.

LikeQueer Youth “Like” Facebook Public Health Outreach

A study shows that targeted Facebook ads (using keywords including “Katy Perry”) was successful at recruiting queer teen guys for a public health study, bucking the idea that LGBT youth are too hard to identify for research.

Smoking Rates Dropping, But Only for Some Minorities

The CDC made news with a report that smoking has declined in the past decade among some minorities, including African Americans and most Latinos, but did not drop among others like American Indians and Alaska Natives (39% of whom are smokers). The same data showed that LGB people smoke at a 65% higher rate than heterosexuals.

Government Calls for Better LGBT Clinical Care RainbowMedical

The Health Resources and Services Administration called for integration of primary and behavioral health care as a way of improving clinical experiences for LGBT people, who face widespread disparities in behavioral health-related issues like depression and smoking.

NBC Spotlights Injustices Faced by Trans Latina Immigrants

NBC News reports on the risks to health and safety faced by trans Latina immigrants ― both in their home countries and here in the United States ― as intersecting forms of discrimination lead them to encounter violence, homelessness, and coerced sex work.

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Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

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FDA Calls for Public Comments on Eliminating Queer Blood Ban

The Food and Drug Administration called for comments on changing the policy that men who have had sex with other men within the past year cannot give blood. Queer men used to face a lifetime ban on giving blood, and many say the FDA’s recent one-year ban does not go far enough in reducing the barrier (and anti-LGBTQ stigma).

WHOIs Transgender Identity a “Mental Disorder”?

The World Health Organization is considering changing its classification of transgender identity from a mental disorder, which some says reinforces stigma and creates a barrier to care, to a “condition related to sexual health.”

For Trans People: Is Distress Caused by Inside or Outside Factors?

A study of transgender individuals in Mexico City seems to bolster the WHO proposal noted above. Researchers found that the distress and social problems faced by trans individuals were caused by violence and rejection, suggesting that gender identity-related distress may be caused by society and not some inherent part of the transgender experience.

Discrimination Linked to Drug Abuse Among Queer Men, Mental Health Disorders Among Women

Researchers found that queer men who had experienced discrimination faced three times the odds of having a drug use disorder compared with other queer men. Among queer women, having experienced discrimination doubled one’s odds of having a mood or anxiety disorder.

Bisexual Teens Have Highest Pregnancy Rates PregTeen

In a new analysis of the ADD Health study researchers found bi women had 1.7x the odds of having a teen pregnancy as compared to heterosexual women. Researchers suggest pregnancy prevention efforts be tailored particularly for the bi community.

 

Trans Equality Championed at Democratic National Convention

Activist Sarah McBride made history as the first transgender person to speak at a presidential convention last week. McBride noted several policy priorities that could improve health equity: a national nondiscrimination bill, measures to reduce violence against trans people of color, and an end to the HIV epidemic that disproportionately burdens transgender women.

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