LGBT Wellness Roundup: May 30

Why Getting Married May Help People Drink Less

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

The Transgender Tipping Point
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Having positive media messages very much affects our mental health; unfortunately the trans community has been more likely to be on Jerry Springer than portrayed positively. So we’ve decided the biggest health story this week is Time Magazine’s historic article on now being the tipping point for trans civil rights. Plus, who doesn’t love Laverne Cox?
Got a Place to Sleep Tonight?
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Homelessness for LGBT youth is a major issue, so is social isolation for LGBT seniors. Congratulations go to the LA LGBT Center this week for announcing a revolutionary new campus that will address both of those problems with 100 new beds for homeless youth and 100 units for low-income seniors and young adults. Can we make reservations decades in advance?
New Best Practices for LGBT Health
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The American Journal of Nursing has published a review of best practices for LGBT in healthcare settings which included overviews of gaps in LGBT-centered health curriculum, health disparities, and ways to promote health with LGBT individuals, and a list of top health issues for LGBT folks to discuss with their providers.
How Physically Fit are Trans College Students?
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In a first-of-a-kind study, transgender college students were found to not meet recommended levels of regular physical activity, and were more likely to be underweight or obese, when compared to cisgendered students.
Doc Is On Mission to Teach Transgender Medical Care
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We were pleased to see Clinical Endocrinology News cover one of our friends, Dr. Joshua Safer. Josh thinks no doctor has an excuse to provide substandard care for trans people and he’s got evidence he can train them in as little as an hour. Here’s hoping his training gets expanded nationally as fast as possible, read more and watch the video here.
How Has Advocacy Improved Our Mental Health?
May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Studies have found that LGBT individuals are at an increased risk for mental health problems. This new article reviews the many positive developments in LGBT mental health advocacy since homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973, such as the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project.
Trying to Drink Less? Get Married!
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With Pride season approaching, alcohol is on the mind: A study out this week has found that both married same-sex and married different-sex married couples drink less than those that were just co-habitating, leading to the conclusion that marriage status may influence drinking more than same-sex status. Looking to not drink at pride this year? Check out this new article with healthful and helpful tips.

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