Category Archives: Mental Health

Creating your personal political action plan

Events proceeding the inauguration have simultaneously energized and depressed many of us. The Women’s Marches amplified our voices and moved us towards an intersectional approach to combating racism, protecting our health care, and advocating for science-based environmental policies, among other … Continue reading

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National Coming Out Day – October 11, 2016

Regardless of your personal identity, get ready to celebrate this day openly, with joy and with pride!  By joining a host of others, expressing your support for all people to be free to be who they are, you can make … Continue reading

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How do day-to-day decisions about being “out” affect health?

Our last few blog posts on Lavender Health have touched on the challenges of being “out” – and indeed I had a recent conversation that brought the health implications of this challenge to the forefront.  The conversation reminded me that … Continue reading

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The Importance of “Mirrors”

Years ago, I attended a concert of a prominent lesbian musician from Canada.  I was an instructor of nursing in a major university, and actively involved in the lesbian community as well.  There were about 400 people there – mostly … Continue reading

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Rise in Meth Use Among Urban Black MSM

As reported in the New York Times in June 2015, addiction treatment providers in New York have seen a rise among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) in the use of the “club” or “party” drug … Continue reading

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