LGBT Wellness Roundup: September 1

Aging is So Queer!

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 weekly LGBT Wellness Roundup can also now be experienced as a video -- check it out above.

Aging is So Queer!
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One study on LGBT aging interviewed middle aged gay men to discuss aging with results including contradictions, such as not wanting to be seen as old, while showing comfort with one’s aging. While a second study interviewed transwomen who started their transition after 50, finding challenges which may affect health, while strengths in defining “success” in their own terms may reduce those risks.
For A Healthier Us
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Two new papers this week explain ways to improve LGBT Health: The Fenway Institute published a report on how designating LGBT people as a Medically Underserved Population will reduce disparities and help LGBT-specific health programs. The UC, Davis Health System added sexual orientation and gender identity to electronic health records to capture data and understand LGBT health disparities; their new paper discusses the “institutional culture change,” spin off projects and the benefits to LGBT health care recipients.
Out & Thriving? Not Yet.
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A new Gallup report showed that LGBT people still report lower measures of well-being than heterosexuals in 5 areas of well-being: financial, physical, social, community, and purpose. See Dr. Scout discuss it on Huffington Post Live here.
Strike One, Strike All
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Anti-LGB hate crimes in a community have psychological and emotional effects on LGB non-victims, resulting in behavior change, including not disclosing one’s sexuality to others. On a positive note was that hate crimes appeared to mobilize some members of LGB communities.
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The National Minority AIDS Council has developed PrEPare for Life, a new webpage aimed at increasing knowledge of PrEP among young gay Black and Latino men. While popular cruising app Hornet has partnered with to provide users with information on local HIV testing sites, PrEP and related health topics.

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