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Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

By: Harvey Makadon, MD— As a primary care physician I routinely talk with patients about the hazards of smoking. But I must confess that I don’t think of it as something we need to teach clinicians a lot about. For example, I included the subject in a talk I was giving on LGBT health at […]

National Report Documents Hate Violence Against LGBTQ and HIV Communities

National Report Documents Hate Violence Against LGBTQ and HIV Communities

By: Eric Brus*—  High levels of hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities continued last year, according to the new report, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Hate Violence 2013, from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCVAP). The 135-page report draws on data collected from 14 anti-violence programs in 13 U.S. states and […]

How The Hobby Lobby Decision Could Undermine The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

How The Hobby Lobby Decision Could Undermine The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision might make it harder for millions of LGBT Americans to access treatment that could revolutionize the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has sparked debate over whether the court’s opinion grants business owners the right to discriminate against LGBT customers and employees on religious grounds. The decision […]

Report Calls for Law Enforcement Reform Policy Dealing with LGBT people & People Living with HIV

Report Calls for Law Enforcement Reform Policy Dealing with LGBT people & People Living with HIV

Plus, watchdog group finds that media underreports major HIV news. By: Eric Brus* A new report from Columbia Law finds that policy changes are needed to address the criminalization of LGBT people and people living with HIV. “Each year in the U.S., thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer, questioning and gender non-conforming […]

Fenway: Health Risks of LGBs Not Well Documented

Fenway: Health Risks of LGBs Not Well Documented

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT […]

El Suicidio Se Puede Prevenir: Toma Estas Medidas ¡Actúa Ahora!

El Suicidio Se Puede Prevenir: Toma Estas Medidas ¡Actúa Ahora!

Por: Wilfred Labiosa*/Columnista de TRT— ¿Cómo debemos enfrentar este problema que se suscita tanto en nuestra sociedad? ¿Cómo podemos prevenir más suicidios en nuestra comunidad? ¿Cómo debemos dialogar al respecto? ¿Por qué suceden tantas muertes por suicidio y no lo sabemos? Tantas preguntas y tan poco tiempo (y espacio) para responderlas. Aquí trato de ofrecerles […]

AIDS: Signs of Progress, But Worries About Cuts

AIDS: Signs of Progress, But Worries About Cuts

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service—   More than 9,000 people with HIV were on a waiting list for federal assistance in buying their medications in August 2011. On Monday, President Obama announced that, as of this week, that number is down to zero. “At one time, the need was so great that over 9,000 people […]

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

By: Kathleen Sebelius/HHS Secretary— October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month—when individuals, families, schools, and communities across the nation help to raise awareness about bullying prevention. Bullying remains a widespread problem with nearly 30 percent of adolescents in the U.S. reporting some experience with bullying, whether as the victim, the bully or both. An infographic  developed by the […]