Updates for your Finances due to the Coronavirus

The first day of spring has been the last thing on the minds of many as the country and world brace for the coronavirus. In an effort to provide a financial backstop for individuals and the economy, state and federal governments have been implementing new policies and changes to existing timelines. So far there have been changes to tax filing deadlines, student loan payments, leave from work, and unemployment insurance. Tax Changes The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) have a website in place to help people keep updated with changes to tax deadlines. You can visit the link here. As […]

Star Bucks

There has been a lot of ads that feature transgender people lately. It’s really nice when they do it right. The latest is a Star Bucks ad where we see a transman who is called by his given name. This is how others have seen him however, this is not how he sees himself. At the end, we see what he calls himself, maybe for even the first time. I was simply beautiful. If you have never agonized over something like this, it could be very hard to understand, and the subtleties are quite pronounced. I remember many years ago […]

Why Am I Transgender

Wow what a question. I have been trying to answer this question over the last couple of decades and even more recently the last several years of therapy. I don’t know if I will ever be able to answer this. Is it because my mother told me she wishes I was a girl at the age of 4 or 5? Or did she know I was supposed to be a girl from the start. How does nature/nurture play into this question? They say that the fetus is bathed in hormones or testosterone at different stages of uterine development. This gives […]

My Fourth Year Having Gender Conformation

WOW, I am so excited to say that coming up on April 8, 2020 will be my fourth year Anniversary from having Gender Conformation. I can honestly say without a doubt I would never turn back, and I am 200% Happier than I’ve ever been in my life. On October 1, 2010, I went full time with my transition living as a woman 24/7, but there was still something missing in my life that needed to be done. Having Gender Conformation at the time was very important for me to have. Normally a Transgender person must wait a year after […]

Living History

Right now, as you read this, we are living history. What we are experiencing is unprecedented – a global pandemic that has quickly and dramatically changed the way we live. All non-necessary businesses in the state of Maryland are now closed. People across the world are now living in social isolation in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. No one knows how long this will last or what will happen in the meantime. There are also questions about what the world will be like when this is over. These are uncertain times, which is why I’ve chosen to look […]

Incontinence Pill or Surgery

There are many people who suffer from some level of incontinence and there are quite several options available. One of the most readily available options is pads, briefs and diapers which can be purchased in the stores or discretely online, but this option is not for everyone and it does not address the underlying cause of the incontinence. Medications tend to be the next level of medical options with several types of drugs that work in different ways on the bladder. Mirabegran (Myrbetrix) is a drug that relaxes the bladder muscle to keep it from quivering and spasming, creating the […]

HIV and the Coronavirus – How to Protect Yourself

The new coronavirus has radically changed daily life for everyone, but for individuals living with HIV, the virus brings with it unique questions and fears. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Director of Infectious Diseases for Chase Brexton Health Care, to address these questions. Who faces the highest risks from the coronavirus? We know from data coming from China and Europe how COVID-19 behaves. Based on the data we have available, those at highest risk from the disease are those with severe conditions like cancer, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease. Is someone living with HIV at higher […]

ICE detention for adults and children; how many will die?

The world is in the grip of a global pandemic, the COVID-19. Governments are mandating safe distancing to reduce the chance of getting infected with COVID-19. Stores, restaurants, bars, and gyms are ordered to close to protect the local communities. And what is happening to those who are being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)? Are they being released to home detention to limit their exposure? NO! ICE officers are waiting like vultures for undocumented people to come out of hospitals and stores, and arresting them for the “crime” of being in the United States without proper documentation. ICE […]

Hormone Therapy during Transitioning

By Dr. Cohen “Hormone therapy barely helped my FTM transition. What cosmetic procedures will help me look more masculine?” Great question! Transitioning is a highly personal, multi-step process that is different for everyone who experiences it. Most FTM (Female to Male) trans men find great comfort in achieving a masculine appearance. It helps alleviate the unsettling effects of gender dysmorphia, boosts self-confidence, and – most importantly – allows trans men to look and feel more like the person they are meant to be. Hormone therapy is a common first step, but it rarely provides enough physical changes to meet most […]

Living With Isolation

As you read this, it will be about 3 weeks that we all have been practicing social distancing, and isolating in case of those who may have had contact with someone who tested positive. It is difficult to predict how we will be affected by this in the long run, but we do know that prisoners in solitary confinement suffer tremendously. Levels of anxiety and depression go up to be debilitating. We are dealing with a situation most of us never even imagined could happen to us. So let’s take a look at how we may deal with it in […]