Promoting Our Health and Embracing Our Ill

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. Founder and Executive Director, National LGBT Cancer Network  As published on Huffington Post’s new LGBT Wellness blog, see original at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-margolies-lcsw/promoting-our-health-and-_b_5222124.html Half of my professional time is spent encouraging LGBT people to take better care of our health. The other half of my time is spent facilitating support groups for LGBT cancer survivors. Yet, I neverContinue reading “Promoting Our Health and Embracing Our Ill”

INCARCERATION IS AN LGBT ISSUE TOO!

Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  Last month I blogged about the issue of poverty in the LGBT Community, and disproportionate rates of LGBT homelessness, as well as the negative health outcomes associated with homelessness. This week, I am going to discuss how homelessness is highly associated with incarceration. Between 25%Continue reading “INCARCERATION IS AN LGBT ISSUE TOO!”

TOBACCO AND HIV IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network    It is well established that LGBT people have higher rates of smoking/ tobacco usage than heterosexuals. It is also known that gay and bisexual men and transgender people have higher rates of HIV than their heterosexual counterparts. It has been found that 85% ofContinue reading “TOBACCO AND HIV IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY”

My Other Chelsea Neighbor

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. Founder and Executive Director, National LGBT Cancer Network The rich white gay man does live in Chelsea. He is my neighbor and he is both buff and healthy. I recently met his “cousin” in the new Terrence McNally play last week,Mother and Sons, although that version had a fabulous Central Park WestContinue reading “My Other Chelsea Neighbor”

LGBT SUICIDE PREVENTION: LGBT YOUTH, FAMILY AND FAITH COMMUNITIES (PART 2 OF 2)

Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  During the Conference on LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention at the San Francisco State University, the component that struck me most (and made me want to make this a 2 part blog) was the work being done by the Family Acceptance Project around LGBT youth’s familiesContinue reading “LGBT SUICIDE PREVENTION: LGBT YOUTH, FAMILY AND FAITH COMMUNITIES (PART 2 OF 2)”

LGBT SUICIDE PREVENTION (PART 1 of 2)

Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  Two weekends ago I attended the Conference on LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention at the San Francisco State University.  While I knew that LGBT peoples had higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts than their heterosexual peers, the numbers were themselves shocking. Anne Haas, PhD,Continue reading “LGBT SUICIDE PREVENTION (PART 1 of 2)”

POVERTY AND THE HEALTH OF LGBT PEOPLE

Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  We see it on TV and in movies all the time: images of affluent LGBT folks shopping for expensive fashions, owning ideal real estate, taking lush vacation and eating at posh restaurants. The portrayal of the affluent LGBT person in the USA is even usedContinue reading “POVERTY AND THE HEALTH OF LGBT PEOPLE”

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS AND THE LGBT COMMUNITY

Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this is especially important to us because lesbians and gay men have higher rates of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) than heterosexuals. There are no available CRC statistics for bisexual and trans* individuals. Why not? While this lack of dataContinue reading “COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS AND THE LGBT COMMUNITY”

THE PERFECT SIDEKICK: THE NATIONS FIRST LGBT GYM!

                  Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  “Wait. But I go to a ‘gay’ gym.” I know that’s what you’re thinking to yourself.  But do you really? Or is it just known to be the “gay gym”, because it’s in a “gay neighborhood”Continue reading “THE PERFECT SIDEKICK: THE NATIONS FIRST LGBT GYM!”

CVS PHARMACY, TOBACCO AND THE LGBT COMMUNITY

                  Michael G. Bare, MPH Program Coordinator National LGBT Cancer Network  As you may have heard CVS pharmacy announced that it will no longer be carrying cigarettes and tobacco products. The CEO of CVS, whose father smoked and died young from cancer, stated that “cigarettes and tobaccoContinue reading “CVS PHARMACY, TOBACCO AND THE LGBT COMMUNITY”