Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, 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.
Hotter People Have Better Sex Lives
Science found out what most of us already know: hotter people have better sex lives. A study of LGB (no T) individuals found that people who thought they were more sexually attractive had more sexual partners, better self-esteem, more sex and when they had sex enjoyed it more.
Feds: No Research Supports Conversion Therapy
This week SMHSA, a federal agency, released a groundbreaking report calling for the end to conversation therapy, a practice they say is harmful and has no scientific backing. Thanks to SAMHSA for going public on this point.
Aydian Dowling Doesn’t Win Men’s Health Cover
The winner of the Men’s Health “Ultimate Guy” cover contest was announced and, sadly, transgender fitness enthusiast and model Aydian Dowling didn’t win the top spot. Aydian was a fan favorite and would have been the first transgender man to grace the cover of Men’s Health. Still, congratulations to him on his amazing effort.
Breast Cancer Research Lacking For Transgender Individuals
We know it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month from all of the pink ribbons popping up everywhere. While public support has never been higher, there is still a huge gap in researchfor breast cancer in transgender people. And in case it hasn’t yet been said… pink may not fit all of us.
Circumcision Doesn’t Affect STI Likelihood
Good news! Circumcision probably doesn’t affect STIs. A new study found no difference in overall STI rates between circumcised and uncircumcised young black MSM.
Electronic Health Records To Allow LGBT Status
Hallelujah to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for releasing a new rule that soon vendors developing electronic health record systems must allow providers to record information on sexual orientation and gender identity. As just one example of what this might affect? It’s the first step in allowing us to finally collect LGBT cancer data.