Landmark Study on Eating Disorders – #LGBTWellness Roundup

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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First-of-its-kind Study on Gay Men and Eating Disorders Pride Study2

Researchers found that among cisgender gay men, about one in five (21.4%) reported concern about their physical shape and one in ten (10.5%) reported concern about their weight specifically. In addition, 19.8% reported dietary restraint within the past four weeks while 10.1% reported excessive exercise within the same time. Almost all eating disorder research has focused on women, making this study unique – and one made possible by the groundbreaking Pride Study on LGBT health.

LezMomsNP Fellowship Focuses on LGBT Health

Nurse.com reported on a new nurse practitioner fellowship, set to launch at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, later this year. The landmark fellowship will help prepare healthcare professionals to serve the estimated 11 million-plus LGBT people living in the U.S. who often find healthcare services lacking. It will cover a wide variety of topics from HIV care to cardiology to reproductive health.

Tweet Opens Mental Health Dialogue

LGBTQ Nation reported on a Tweet regarding LGBT mental health that went viral and that they say is inspiring queer people worldwide. The Tweet says that while LGBT people have to hide their true selves as youth, this presents a “gift in disguise” as one goes on a journey of self-discovery later. The article notes that challenges remain on mental health access, especially for low-income people and people of color.

Cigarette Packaging Has Power to Attract

A new study found that changing the design of a cigarette package to include subtle or even explicit targeting of LGBT populations had the intended effect, and made LGBT folks more interested in the product (regardless of safety). The results suggest that preventing the targeting of LGBT folks, through marketing ploys, could be important in reducing the high tobacco use disparities the community faces.


Center to Fight Opioid Addiction

Your Central Valley reported that The Source LGBT Center in California received a $50,000 grant to fight opioid addiction among LGBT people of color. This population has faced higher penalization for using drugs such as opioids, the article says, and has faced trauma in accessing the healthcare system – with community organizations such as LGBT centers therefore having a key role to play in education and care.

Find out what your local LGBT center is up to using CenterLink’s interactive directory.

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Gay City News reported on a New York program that provides in-home HIV test kits to people connected to participating community-based organizations or who apply online. The program has reached a racially diverse group that includes 35% Latinx and 17% Black individuals, but has so far been used mostly by cisgender men, with only up to 5% of each round’s participants being transgender or nonbinary.


News from Around the World – #LGBTWellness Roundup

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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STDChatApps Up Health in New York

NBC News reported on how a health clinic in Brooklyn is using LGBT apps to not merely advertise their sexual health services, but to actually engage in dialogue and education through chats. Their outreach has focused on gay men and transgender women of color, who face disproportionate rates of HIV and often face stigma and other barriers in accessing services. The role of social media in HIV prevention was also in the news as Facebook removed ads that some say were causing undue fear about PrEP.


Pakistan Issues Trans Health IDs

ABC News reported that Pakistan will begin offering “transgender” as a gender marker for their national health ID cards, a move they say is designed to ensure health access for trans people. The move comes as transgender Pakistanis have reported being denied care when providers do not know how to classify their gender or into which gender-segregated ward they should be admitted.

Minnesota Makes Medicaid More Inclusive

Vice voiced that more states should ensure that their Medicaid programs include coverage of gender affirming care for children. They note that services like puberty blockers and hormones can be life-saving for transgender youth facing discrimination and seeking to have their identities affirmed. The story comes as Minnesota recently joined a minority of states in explicitly covering such services.

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Gay Nation reported that Germany will kick off 2020 by banning so-called conversion therapy for minors, while also cracking down on advertising of the service and disclosure of risks for adults, as well. Germany joins just a few countries in banning the discredited and harmful practice nationwide; a growing number of U.S. states have also done so.

LGBT Health Services Grow in LA

The Pride reported that the Los Angeles LGBT Center – already one of the largest LGBT health centers in the country – is expanding with a new branch in South LA to open this week. The new center will focus on serving young LGBT people of color with free or low-cost services like HIV testing and PrEP, but also things like mental healthcare, help with housing, and a safe drop-in space.

Did you know? CenterLink can help you find an LGBT center in your area with its interactive directory.

CDCGlobalShigella and HIV in Georgia

A CDC study examined cases of Shigella – bacteria that can cause diarrhea and about which little is known – in the state of Georgia. They found that men living with HIV, of whom the majority were sexual minority men of color, were at significantly higher risk for infection. They say that providers should be aware of this relationship among patients, regardless of HIV diagnosis.


Wishing You #LGBTWellness Now and into #2020!

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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Keeping Well During the Holidays

Holidays2019.JPGOutSmart shared strategies for staying well during the end-of-year holiday season, which they say can be a difficult time for LGBT people who may be estranged from families or communities. They share tips for setting boundaries and having a plan to exit unhealthy situations, as well as leaning into existing support systems and exercising self-care.


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Metro Weekly reported on a $4.5 million fund started by Gilead to support work being done by transgender-led organizations across the country. Many of the recipients described efforts to broaden HIV prevention and treatment among transgender people by looking at issues such as housing, community, and employment instead of just access to medication.

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Researchers examined the importance of comorbidities in the continued fight to end the HIV epidemic. They explain, for example, that people living with HIV are more likely to have issues with cardiovascular, kidney, and liver health, as well as develop cancer. These issues cannot be solved merely with antiretroviral therapy, they argue, and more research is still needed.

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A research review found that community connection among transgender folks was associated with a variety of positive health outcomes, including better mental health, greater connection to care, and more knowledge about gender transition issues. One downside: sometimes such connectedness made transgender women in particular feel less comfortable going to sexual health clinics, where they feared facing stigma from community members.


Mexican Senior Center Sets New Standard

The Week reported on a groundbreaking LGBT senior center in Mexico City founded last year by an 87-year-old transgender woman. Its clients say the space helps fill a social gap for those with limited family relationships and shrinking social circles. They also provide services like internet access, shared meals, counseling, and help working through instances of discrimination.

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Researchers examined the usefulness of screening for anal cancer among transgender women undergoing neovaginoplasty, at least when those women have elevated risk factors such as HIV or HPV infection. They explain the case of a transgender woman who had a mass discovered while receiving surgery, and note that there are not currently guidelines for this type of screening.

CenterLink and LGBT HealthLink wish you a Happy and Healthy 2020!



“They” Makes Word of the Year – #LGBTWellness Roundup

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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Young Queer Men Lack Health Access

A new study found that adolescent sexual minority men largely perceived themselves to have only low-to-moderate healthcare access. Only 29.2% reported that their provider had asked about their sexual orientation, while a slim 15.6% had spoken to a provider about using condoms with male partners. Younger adolescents, those in rural areas, and those in the South reported even higher barriers than others.


“They” Makes Word of the Year

ABC News reported that “they” was named the Word of the Year by publisher Merriam-Webster, in recognition of the fact that more and more people are using it as a pronoun alternative to “he” or “she.” They say that searches were up 313% percent for the pronoun from last year. Advocates said broader recognition of nonbinary pronouns is key for the wellbeing of those who use them.

Advocates Warn on Ads

Washington Blade reported on a call issued by LGBT health and HIV advocates warning about Facebook ads that may mislead people on PrEP. They say that the HIV prevention treatment is being misrepresented as unsafe by law firms seeking to sue drug companies – and that it may prevent LGBT and other folks for starting treatment despite standing to benefit.

Unpacking Substance Use Disparities

Researchers found that among sexual and gender minority adolescents, those who were assigned male at birth had higher prevalence of substance use than did those assigned female at birth. They also found that transgender adolescents reported substance use at a higher rate than their cisgender peers, suggesting a need to look within subgroups of the LGBT population to address substance use issues.

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On the subject of substance use, Queerty explored how LGBT folks can support friends with substance use issues. While every person is different, some tips include: do not try to lecture the other person; offer to spend non-judgmental time with them; and try asking them about what issues they may be avoiding resolving through healthier means.

Human Rights and HIV

UNAIDS marked Human Rights Day by discussing how human rights are essential to ending the HIV epidemic worldwide. They note that the virus has disproportionately impacted those whose rights are often violated or suppressed – including LGBT people and others – and that the marginalization of these populations makes it difficult to address their health needs.


#LGBTWellness News: Ready, Set, PrEP!

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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ReadySetPrEPReady, Set, PrEP to Launch

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that a landmark program is launching to provide access to PrEP nationwide. The initiative, titled Ready, Set, PrEP, will make HIV prevention medicine available for free at 21,000 pharmacies or by mail order. Costs have been a major barrier to higher uptake of PrEP, especially among LGBT people of color. 

HIV Infections Remained Stagnant

Relatedly, the CDC found that the number of new HIV infections per year remained statistically unchanged between 2013 (with 38,500 new infections) and 2017 (with 37,500), with researchers saying that more needs to be done to meet the goal of ending the epidemic in ten years. Only 18.1% of those with indicators for using PrEP to prevent HIV were currently taking it.

Novel Study on Alzheimer’s and Decision-making LGBTAlzheimers

Regenstrief Institute announced a new study that will delve into the wellbeing of LGBT adults with Alzheimer’s and specifically the challenges facing their surrogate decision-makers. They note that in addition to facing discrimination which surrogates must help them navigate, LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone and not have children, factors which likely complicate care and decision-making for LGBT folks with Alzheimer’s.

High Interest, Lower Use of LGBT Clinics

Researchers found that only 13% of sexual minority adults have utilized an LGBT-specific healthcare clinic, with proximity to such a facility among the main factors for whether or not someone has done so. Additionally, 52% of LGB people expressed interest in utilizing an LGBT clinic in the future, demonstrating an unmet demand for queer health services.

Family Support Associated with Lower Bullying

A UK study found that having a supportive family was associated with reduced likelihood of being bullied for sexual minority youth, with a 25.6% decreased likelihood among young women and a 31% reduction among young men. Coming from a supportive family was also associated with less workplace bullying, but at lower 4.6% and 12.5% risk reduction for LGB women and men, respectively.

SexEd2California Advances Inclusive Health Ed

Vox reported on California’s implementation of a recent law requiring LGBT-inclusive health education at schools, with students exploring topics like LGBT identities and inclusion. They say the change has been controversial, even in a generally LGBT-friendly state, and note that only 17 states even require sexual health education to be medically-accurate, much less inclusive.


World AIDS Day and More – #LGBTWellness Roundup

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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WADCDC Marks World AIDS Day

The CDC recognized December 1st as World AIDS Day by highlighting actions being taken by the U.S. at home and abroad to help end to the HIV epidemic. In addition to discussing the Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, which aims to reduce HIV rates in the U.S. below an epidemic level in 10 years, they discuss PEPFAR’s work to support HIV efforts around the world.


Spotlight on Empowerment

Meanwhile, UNAIDS commemorated World AIDS Day with the publication of a new report called “Power to the People.” It explores how individuals can play a critical role in addressing the HIV epidemic, as well as how programs that empower people – like increasing access to PrEP, addressing stigma, and reducing gender inequity – are all vital to the goal of ending HIV.

Identities and Disparities among Queer Women

Researchers  found that women who identify as “mostly lesbian” versus “exclusively lesbian” or “bisexual” reported higher levels of hazardous drinking and more identity uncertainty. Mostly lesbian and bisexual women also had several health disparities compared to exclusively lesbian women, including with respect to both mental and physical health.

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Mashable reported on an Ohio nonprofit organization that helps transgender youth access clothing that corresponds with their gender identity – and it was all inspired by a tweet about creating opportunities for trans youth. The founders of Transform want to help youth and their families who are ready to transition but lack the resources to buy a new wardrobe.

How One Counseling Center Made a Difference

University Herald reported on a new  examining an outlier in LGBT mental healthcare – an LGBT counseling center in Philadelphia that provided affirming care in the 1970s and 1980s. In lieu of having research or data on how to be LGBT-affirming, they practiced what the author calls “clinical activism” based on their ethics and experiences, and became a model for inclusive mental healthcare.

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Center for American Progress analyzed some remaining inequities facing same-sex couples with respect to marriage that may complicate their rights and role in child rearing. For example, while different-sex spouses have traditionally had a presumption of parentage over children, the rule generally does not apply for same-sex spouses who cannot gestate. Children born to same-sex parents abroad also face issues with respect to their citizenship.myhl-500-300

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Transgender People in Rural America – This Week’s LGBTWellness News

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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PrEP Reduces Anxiety

Researchers  found that gay and bisexual men who use PrEP had lower levels of HIV-related anxiety than those who were eligible for PrEP but declined to use it. Men under 25 had higher levels of HIV-related stress than did older men who participated in the Australia-based study, suggesting the benefit of reduced stress could be especially useful for young men.

Major Policy Announcements from AMA

The American Medical Association adopted new policies on LGBT issues, including calling for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in electronic healthcare records – an issue which would bring new knowledge on individual and collective LGBT health – as well as support for banning conversion therapy and increasing training on LGBT issues.

Queer Men Keen on HPV Vaccine

A study  found that 67% of queer men over 26 were likely to initiate HPV vaccination if the CDC were to recommend it to them. Currently, the vaccine – which can prevent cancer and save lives – is only recommended through age 26, despite calls from many LGBT health advocates that sexual minority men and others could benefit from the vaccine beyond that age.

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Psychology Today marked Transgender Day of Remembrance by discussing the public health issues that the community faces today, many of them relating back to violence, discrimination, and the stress that comes with that. The author says that the role of the public health field should be to educate others on how systemic discrimination leads to negative and inequitable health outcomes.

Record Number of Cities Score High

Reuters reported that a record number of cities scored 100% on HRC’s annual Municipal Equality Index, which measures things like local LGBT antidiscrimination and inclusion policies. Only 11 cities received a 100% score back in 2012; seven years later, 88 have achieved it. The average score nationally rose modestly in the past twelve months, from 58 to 60.

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Movement Advancement Project published a report on transgender people living in rural areas. Research has shown that trans people are as likely as cisgender people to live in rural zones – but are more likely than their cisgender neighbors to have a disability or be living with HIV, and less likely to have health insurance, complicating health access in geographically dispersed areas.



Vaping Skyrockets, Plus News from Austin to LA – #LGBTWellness Roundup

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

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Almost 4 in 10 LGB Adults Vape

A new study found that 38% of sexual minority adults, nationally, are currently using e-cigarette products – nearly double the 19.8% of heterosexual adults who said the same. As concerns about the dangers of “vaping” grow, the researchers said that the study is evidence that new efforts to reduce e-cigarette use will need to specifically include and target the LGBT community.

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American Institute of Architects reported on the designing of a “pop-up” LGBT center that will move around Austin’s 10 districts. Given Austin’s large but geographically-dispersed LGBT community, its creators hope that decentralizing the idea of a community center will help more residents access services and get connected to others in their local area.

Find an LGBT center near you using Centerlink’s interactive directory.

Quality of Life for People Living with HIV

Researchers called for a renewed focus on quality of life versus just viral suppression for people living with HIV, reported Bloomberg News. The move, backed by pharmaceutical companies, aims to look more at the other health issues facing people living with HIV, “such as associated mental and physical co-morbidities… financial stresses and potential HIV-related stigma.”

APA Okay with “They”

LGBTQ Nation reported that the American Psychological Association (APA) has endorsed in its publication guidelines the use of  “they” pronouns for people who prefer them, as well as in place of “he or she” when talking about someone hypothetical. Advocates said that the move could help ensure nonbinary binary are more visible and represented in academic literature.

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Freethink reported on a “reinvention” of the vaginal speculum, a medical device that can be painful and, they say, particularly alienating for members of the LGBT community. The accompanying video unpacks the experiences of trans men and nonbinary folks seeking OB/GYN care, and explains how inclusive and welcoming care is necessary to advance LGBT health.

New Trans-focused Housing, Care in LA

The Los Angeles Blade reported on how the city honored Trans Awareness Week and Trans Day of Remembrance by announcing a shelter specifically for transgender women that will also provide them with trauma-informed care. The center is one of the first of its kind, and is designed to address the epidemic of violence facing trans women of color in particular.


HIV, HPV, Bi Health, and Pride in Brazil – This Week’s #LGBTWellness News

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

Now you can HEAR your Weekly Wellness Roundup, too! Listen to our weekly podcast here: https://apple.co/2lzs5Ti or on your podcast app of choice. Now available everywhere!

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Campaign for Southern Equality published a report on LGBT health access in the South, and found that while many reported good physical health, this was often not true for transgender or lower income folks. Respondents also reported HIV disparities compared to the general population – especially gay men, Black individuals, those who were older, and trans women of color. Many reported avoiding needed care because of stigma or inability to cover the cost of care.


Latinx People and HIV

The CDC published new facts on Latinx people living with HIV, of whom there were more than a quarter million as of 2016. Among Latinx persons living with HIV, 60% had received some care, 49% were retained in care, and 51% were virally suppressed. HIC case rates continue to rise among Latino gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving men. Distrust of the medical system and fear regarding immigration status were two noted barriers to improving these numbers.


Days of Good (and Not Good) Health

Researchers found that gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults had more days of less-than-good mental health compared to heterosexual adults. Beyond that, many disparities varied: bisexual women reported more days of bad physical health than heterosexual women, while gay men reported fewer days of bad physical health than heterosexual men (with disparities instead in other areas).

Many Trans Folks Lack Medicaid Coverage

Williams Institute published a report finding that of the 1.4 million transgender adults in the U.S., approximately 152,000 are enrolled in Medicaid, for which many policies vary by state. Less than half of these individuals had clear access to gender-affirming care, while 51,000 lived in states with ambiguous policies and 32,000 lived in states that explicitly banned such care .

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UNAIDS reported on how local activists brought HIV prevention back to the center of São Paulo Pride, which brings 3 million people to Brazil’s largest city. They cite rising HIV rates among LGBT youth and the new option of PrEP among their motivations. Best yet: the activists leveraged their success into ongoing prevention meetings to happen throughout the year. Now that’s pride!

Unpacking Mental Health Disparities

A review of research on suicidality in the trans community found that White transgender people had the lowest suicide attempt rate of any race whereas Native American or First Nation transgender people had the highest rate. Transgender folks with an advanced degree had a lower suicide attempt rate than others. The results underscore the importance of addressing issues such as race and socioeconomic status when working to improve transgender mental health.

LGBT Centers May Produce Health Benefit

Researchers found that LGBT youth who participate in LGBT community organizations are more likely to have good mental health and less likely to engage in substance use when compared to their peers. The press release for the article discussed the work that CenterLink does – particularly through its LGBT YouthLink program – to build the capacity of LGBT community centers and ensure their work is accessible and beneficial to at-risk youth.

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Find an LGBT community center near you using CenterLink’s directory.


Marriage and Bi Health

Researchers unpacked recent findings that bisexual folks who are married or living with a same-sex partner were 2.3 times more likely to report good health, than those with  different-sex partners. The authors suspect that stigma facing bisexual people in a different-sex partnership may explain the results.

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On the subject of bi health, Harvard Health explored the challenges facing bisexual-plus people, including bi invisibility and bias facing bisexual-plus people even within the LGBT community. The author says that two things bi folks can do to improve their health is find a social network of other bisexual people for support, and be open with health providers about their sexual identities.

HPV in the Age of PrEP

A study examined HPV risk among queer men in France who use PrEP for HIV prevention. Receptive anal intercourse without a condom was the factor most associated for increased risk for anal HPV infection – a potential warning for those who use PrEP to prevent HIV but not condoms to prevent other STIs. Having less than 10 partners in the past year was associated with a reduced risk for anal HPV infection.

Improving Substance Use Prevention

Trust for America’s Health published a report that found substance use and mental health disparities among LGBT youth. They call for more funding of substance use prevention, particularly using a cross-sector approach, and for reaching youth who may be at lower risk in a given moment but who nonetheless could face higher risk in the future.

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Center for American Progress published a report on how to address gender-based violence in the U.S. The report sought to take a wide view of what comprises gender-based violence, looking at aspects of gender identity and expression rather than just sex, and various forms of violence. The authors call for a collective action to end the “culture of power” that represses women and gender minorities.



LGBT HealthLink Brings “PACHA to the People”

Each week LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink, and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past week.

Now you can HEAR your Weekly Wellness Roundup, too! Listen to our weekly podcast here: https://apple.co/2lzs5Ti or on your podcast app of choice. Now available everywhere!

5Meeting Tackles HIV in Florida and Puerto Rico

LGBT HealthLink participated in a special meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Miami as part of an effort to bring “PACHA to the People” and visit different regions. The meeting had a particular focus on addressing the HIV epidemic in Florida and Puerto Rico. For an exclusive interview about the meeting, check out our LGBT Wellness Podcast from Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!


No Gains in LGB Depressed Mood

Researchers examined 18 years of data and found that while heterosexual youth had a decline in depressed mood symptoms for many years, sexual minority youth had no such improvement. Especially, considering the gains in LGBT rights during this time, the results suggest the ongoing need for targeted interventions to support LGBT mental health.

Menstrual Products Grow Inclusive AlwaysPads

NBC News reported that the brand Always will remove the “female” symbol from its packaging in an effort to be more inclusive of people of all gender identities who menstruate. Transgender health advocates heralded the move as one that could help trans and nonbinary people feel safer and more comfortable buying essential health products.

HPV Vaccine Practice Differs from Beliefs

A new study of providers in Canada found support for vaccinating all sexual minority men against HPV, which disproportionately affects queer men (especially those living with HIV). However, in practice, financial considerations of their patients and guidelines that limited vaccination to those 26 and under meant that many providers did not act on this belief of recommending vaccines to all.

LGBT People and Poverty

A Williams Institute report found that 21.6% of LGBT people live in poverty compared to 15.7% of others. Transgender, bisexual, and LGBT people of color all had further disparities compared to their cisgender, lesbian and gay, and White peers, respectively. Discrimination in education and employment, as well as health issues, may contribute to the community’s poverty disparities.

InheritancePlay Explores HIV Across Generations

The New York Times reported on a new play coming to Broadway that explores intergenerational exchanges among queer men on HIV. The cast and crew – many of whom bring personal connections from across generations – said the legacy of the epidemic is key to understanding the progress the LGBT community has made and the challenges it still faces today.


How DACA Impacts LGBT Youth

Center for American Progress published a report on LGBT youth who are recipients of the DACA program, which has allowed undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. They estimate at least 66,000 DACA recipients are LGBT, of which, 65% said they felt like they belong in the U.S. after receiving DACA status. In contrast, 80% of these LGBT youth said they would fear for their physical safety if they had to return to their country of origin.

Recognizing HIV Disparities in Latinx Communities

The CDC commemorated National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) by exploring the disparities the community faces. Between 2010 and 2016, HIV infections decreased among Latinx women  and heterosexual men , while rising 18% among bisexual and gay Latinx men – deepening the disparities faced by LGBT Latinx persons. The NLAAD website has resources, news, and more.

Diverse Families Explain Stigma During Pregnancy

Researchers found that polyamorous families faced challenges during pregnancies relating to stigma from healthcare providers, and that many felt the need to seek more open providers or to hide the status of their relationships to avoid such stigma. The study is one of few to examine the healthcare experiences of polyamorous (or nonmonogamous) individuals, and LGBT people – who already face LGBT-related stigma – are more likely than others to identify this way .

Gay Couple Steps Up

Out Magazine reported on a same-sex couple who adopted a baby living with HIV after she had been rejected by ten other families because of her HIV status. After receiving proper treatment while living in their home, her viral load is now undetectable and she has reached a healthy weight. The story highlights the importance of LGBTQ-inclusive adoption policies in a world in which adoptive parents are desperately needed – especially for marginalized children.


Making Medical Offices LGBT-inclusive

Medpage Today reported on a presentation at a recent health conference on making provider offices more LGBT-inclusive. Their tips: put up rainbow flags or “safe space” stickers; include LGBT magazines in waiting areas; change gendered language like “mother” and “father” to “parent 1” and “parent 2” on forms; and mark single-occupancy restrooms as gender neutral.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Threatens More States

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the Hepatitis A outbreak that has impacted 30 states and is now threatening those that remain, like Georgia . While queer men are at higher risk for the disease – which affects the liver and can be deadly – they have also been targeted for outreach to be vaccinated, including through PSAs from the dating app Grindr.