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.
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.
Queer 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
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.