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How Doctors Can Make Coming Out Easier for Patients
Researchers just published a study on patients coming out to health care providers. The three big takeaways? 1) Coming out to a health care professional is just hard as coming out to anyone else, 2) it’s crucial that providers recognize their own heteronormative (favoring straight people) values, and 3) having a solidly therapeutic relationship with a provider can ease the coming out process.
Great New Transgender Health Video
What does health care that welcomes transgender and gender non-conforming people look like? Glad you asked! The National LGBT Cancer Network just created a fun new training video for health care professionals and advocates. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Share far and wide.
3 Things You Should Know About Trans Health Care
If you are trans, know someone who’s trans, or may need to take care of a trans patient here are three things you should know about health care for trans folks.
Dating Violence Worse for Queer and Questioning Teens
Dating violence is worse for LGB (no T) and questioning (Q) teens, a new study found. Generally, LGBQ teens were more likely than straight ones to experience dating violence. LGBQ teens were also more likely to other bad outcomes, like drinking, depression and poor grades in school.
Gay, Bi Men Largely Unaware of HPV and Anal Cancer Risks
Bad news: HPV and anal cancer information may not be getting to the people that need it most. A new study found that gay and bi men, who are at high-risk, were overwhelmingly unaware that HPV causes anal cancer or that both can seriously harm health.
How to Reduce Depression Among Gay and Lesbian Cancer Survivors
A new study found that lesbian and gay cancer survivors exercised less and had higher levels of depression than straight survivors. Putting survivors on an exercise routine, however, reduced depression for everyone but worked better for lesbians and gays. By the end, depression dropped so much among gays and lesbians that depression levels were the same for all groups!